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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Linux is free (as in beer), so use it
by MollyC on Tue 5th Sep 2006 21:08 UTC
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I guess there's no point in keeping on a workforce to maintain IRIX when they can use Linux for free.

Didn't IBM massively cut its AIX workforce when they moved to Linux so as to take advantage of the free labor that produces Linux? A corp can save money by using free Linux rather than paying programmers to maintain some proprietary Unix.

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