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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Simple : their platform died
by BlahHiya on Sat 27th Nov 2004 21:05 UTC

Once a platform has the stink of death on it, YOU CANNOT GIVE IT AWAY. Examples: PA-RISC, Sparc, Alpha.

MIPS is just another in a long line of dead platforms.

Note I am not saying these platforms are without merit...just for one reason or another the market dropped them.