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[2]: Why?!!
by dagw on Thu 7th Sep 2006 13:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?!!"
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Also a port to x86 based hardware will no doubt introduce plenty of new and interesting bugs meaning it will be a very long time before any theoretical x86 Irix will be anywhere near as stable as MIPS Irix. Meaning any advantage in that department will be lost.

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