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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SGI flop predicted
by Anonymous on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:44 UTC

They're afraid of the white-box market because the margins when competing against Dell are so much smaller than those for workstations. So they have been wasting too much time making intermediate almost-white-boxes that are not going anywhere. They did this with almost intel/windows machines and they're doing it again with the itanium. I'd recommend that they make commodity opteron workstations well tested with the graphics creation software that people use them for and sell based upon brand name. However that brand name is shrinking quickly and I'm not sure it would even work anymore. I expect them to keep kicking around in the supercomputer market for a while but that's mostly a slow death.