Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Nov 2004 19:57 UTC, submitted by Dave Finger
SGI and IRIX The company is Silicon Graphics Incorporated, or SGI, which once was famous for its high-powered graphics and 3-D workstations but has fallen on hard times of late. SGI now focuses on supercomputers, but there's a tiny coterie of fans dedicated to keeping the company's aging but high-powered workstations alive. On a similar note, the every-three-months maintaince release of Irix is 3 months late.
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Poor sgi...
by itomato on Fri 26th Nov 2004 21:02 UTC

The article makes comparisons against Apple and the ideals behind a spiffy UNIX workstation.

Their stock price gives evidence of the turn of events since they stopped being on the forefront of the UNIX workstation market, and indeed, the decline of that market as we knew it.

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?t=my&s=SGI&l=on&z=m&q=l&c=aapl

Compared to Apple, whose darkest times were during Silicon Graphics' strongest, you can see the trend dipping downward as interest in expensive, proprietary UNIX workstation waned as Linux came on the scene, and SGI began to sell Wintel-based boxes. Apple went up where they went down.

I have to say that I really like SGI hardware, and it's a shame that they didn't target the consumer market, or at least work at getting that technology directly to end users. It would be nice to have them around as a peer to Apple.