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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"Linux is what happened to sgi"
by solios on Sat 27th Nov 2004 02:39 UTC

Bull. 3dFX, NVidia and ATI are what happened to SGI. The advent of 3d hardware accelleration for PCs made 3d gaming possible- not to mention modelling and rendering. Quake was the first tolling of the Bells O Doom for SGI workstations- the port of Maya to WindowsNT didn't exactly help matters, either- A windows box can do the job almost as fast for a fraction of the price.

Freenix didn't eat the SGI mindshare. Commodity hardware caught up and shot past (they're using ATI chips in some of their machines now), and they've done absolutely nothing to keep the edge they had in the early to mid nineties.

Linux will kill IRIX when I can run it on my Indigo2 with full video support, thank you.