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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1. SCO own SVR4. That's a well-known fact, and is the basis of their IBM/Linux and Novell lawsuits. That Solaris is based on SVR4 is also a well-known fact - many in the UNIX industry were rather pissed off at Sun and AT&T at the time and formed a (now-moribund) organisation to produce a rival UNIX, OSF/1. When other companies then aligned themselves with AT&T and Sun, this once again divided the UNIX market into two camps. These facts can be verified at Wikipedia, among other places.

2. SVR4 is based on SVR3 (AT&T UNIX) with features from BSD.

3. It might be true that Sun paid money to whomever was the UNIX owner at the time to do whatever they wanted with Solaris. If so, that begs the question why they had to release it piecemeal to make sure they weren't contravening licence agreements.

4. It's well known that SCO's beef is with the GPL and the fact that Linux on x86 has wiped out its UNIX profits. (The old SCO used to be the big UNIX vendor in terms of numbers, because its UNIX ran on x86.) It's also well-known that SCO for a long time, and possibly even now, distributes code under the "unconstitutional" GPL licence.

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