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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I don't know much about IRIX but I do know MIPS Assembly. It's a shame that they had to drop MIPS in favor of Itanium. I suppose that the ease of use didn't translate into as much performance and almost everybody does their system programming in C nowadays anyway.

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