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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Some thoughts.
by dpi on Sat 27th Nov 2004 08:51 UTC

"On a similar note, the every-three-months maintaince release of Irix is 3 months late."

First of all, starting from 6.5.22 therre is no such thing as a maintenance or feature release anymore. There's one release (and .22 is now downloadable to anyone with a free Supportfolio, too). Besides, the freeloaders who only want a maintenance release are not worth much to SGI (hard, but realistic). IRIX 6.5.26 was released in novembre 2004 as notified in Supportfolio as also noticed on (on wed 10 nov 2004). Press statements don't really matter much.

"This one was what I recognized as starting point of SGI going down."

They changed their name ('Silicon Graphics' to 'SGI') and their logo because 3D was no longer their core business.

I see here mostly the Sun fans saying they should have never ditched MIPS and such. What they forget, IMO, is that

1) In general, customers don't really care what kind of CPU or OS is under the hood. They care for the overal price / performance, features and service. Unless those customers are geeks...
2) There are all kind of migrations tools for Linux available to get a lot of features IRIX had. Deamons such as FAM, Linux patches such as CSA, they're all available on the Altix and Prism. Linux saves SGI development and maintenance costs of their own UNIX. Not only that, they also don't have to invest much in their own architecture or graphic cards.
3) The MIPS workstations were only stopped recently in 2004 with the Tezro being the latest one. I guess the fact they stopped with MIPS workstations is because they weren't profitable anymore.
4) Wether SGI stops with MIPS or not doesn't mean the architecture is dead. The architecture ain't dead, the company behind that is well alive and MIPS continues to live on in various incarnations (such as in consoles, satellite receivers, among others).
5) The workstations, including Onyx, Octane (and later workstations) are still used because they have features current workstations don't have.
6) Whatever runs on your Indigo2, wether you like 4DWM is completely *not* relevant (anymore). Versions later than IRIX 6.5.22 don't support the Indigo2 anymore (its unsupported) which means no security updates which means its now nothing more than a toy or somerthing which needs a Fort Knox around it. 4DWM is good enough to get an application such as Discreet Flame, Maya or a CAD application started and used. The WM was never meant for general usage with MSN, and all those other bells and whistles casual users care about these days. Neither was CDE (which you may also chose to run on IRIX). So don't threat them like they are.