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: Some thoughts.
by Anonymous on Sat 27th Nov 2004 23:37 UTC

> Linux saves SGI development and maintenance costs of
> their own UNIX.

Anyone who has to deal with the Linux community and vendors like RedHat and SuSE will tell you that jumping on the Linux bandwagon does not save you development and maintenance costs.

The lack of backwards compatibility is frustrating for everyone.

Instead of fixing bugs and working on new features, you spend most of your time arguing to have a simple bug fix accepted.

Linux is still behind Solaris, IRIX and other proprietory operating systems in many areas, its going to take a long time to catch up at this rate, giving M$ every chance.