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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by Mike on Sat 27th Nov 2004 04:23 UTC

I used to use SGI Octanes at work all day until they were replaced by anonymous (and much faster) IBMs running Redhat 9. I've never missed the Irix GUI much I must say, but they had a certain solidity which I do miss. We still use them every now and then for the odd app here and there and for the really good quicktime tools they provided.

Not knowing much about the whole situation, I've always wondered why they didn't make any efforts to bring the Irix interface into the 21st century, since the underpinnings seem really solid.

But jesus, crawl under a desk with one and you don't half get pounded with hot air - I'm sure my old Octane would take off if it had wheels and wings.

And can anyone tell me, is it pronounced 'Ir-rix' or 'Eye-rix'?