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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I have to say that I really like SGI hardware, and it's a shame that they didn't target the consumer market, or at least work at getting that technology directly to end users. It would be nice to have them around as a peer to Apple.

Actually, SGI tried that, about 5 years ago. Seems that few people wanted a $10,000.00 PC. I don't think the vendor lock thing helped. Also doesn't help to no popular consumer apps.