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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RE: Why?!!
by Ronald Vos on Wed 6th Sep 2006 19:36 UTC in reply to "Why?!!"
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Why not open source Irix and port it to x86 instead.

The answer has only been posted several times already: it's based on licensed code, to which they have no redistribution rights.

Besides that, it's not like they got the spare cash to make it 'licensed code-free'.

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