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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Re: SGI lives on with NetBSD
by dpi on Sat 27th Nov 2004 09:12 UTC

"Some NetBSD hooligans are keeping old SGI kit alive with recent ports to the Indigo R4k, R3k and Personal Iris machines.

They're nowhere near IRIX in the a/v department, and likely will never be for lack of documentation, but it's interesting to run a very modern OS on a 15-year old SGI box."

So does Debian GNU/Linux MIPS port and Linux in general. Here's a list of supported hardware.
http://www.netbsd.org/Ports/sgimips/
http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/index.php/Systems
http://www.debian.org/ports/mips/

From what i gathered a while ago, i found out both OSes don't support the exact same hardware and so it could be needed one has to run one or another to get it running. Its not only A/V hardware which doesn't work, its a lot more than that. For example, the Phobos ISA NICs don't work either.