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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Short story, and a "open" solution
by DrZeus on Sun 28th Nov 2004 06:32 UTC

Before i enter the university, some prof. told us that there was an SG for student use and programming, but for some dumb administration issues it was dismantled. Really a pity.

Question: can the "open-sourcing" be a solution for SGI?

I think that they should start evaluating the option of at least making a cameo in the end user market, 'cause the masses are really missing 'em. Throwing a special line of workstations for the low end people, following some good agreements with maybe not the leading companies(to keep low costs; maybe some startups consortiums, and 1 big fish--ATI--) but known houses and opensourcing that thing later on the march, can at least produce $$ benefits and can make the collective conscience asking for more...So they can keep that as some kind of "special sale" to get easy money, to stand up a bit more in the industry, and starting to open their thoughts about the end-user market. They can be in the low end market, and yet still be exclusive. That will make some sort of "elite" feeling in their customers, so more and more will "want to join the i-have-a-SGI club", with the support and innovation from the open-source card. I think that can: work for them, and work for us. What do u think?