Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by MatzeLoCal
SGI and IRIX German technology website reports that SGI will completely abandon its MIPS processor architecture, including its operating system Irix, in favour of Linux-powered Itanium workstations. SGI used MIPS and Irix in its products for almost 20 years, and with this switch to Intel, yet another major (historically speaking, that is) company abandons its architecture for the more common Intel one.
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Open source IRIX
by ajoffe on Tue 5th Sep 2006 20:12 UTC
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An open source IRIX would be great. There are still a lot of SGI fans who really love their machines and the whole IRIX system. And there are still a lot of high-end applications available for it. Even if software is obsolete compared to other current systems, it should never go to waste, because you never know who might benefit and do something interesting with it.

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