Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 20th May 2005 20:13 UTC
SGI and IRIX Can a proprietary Unix be a desktop OS that competes with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux desktops? Although it may lack the visual effects of OS X, and installation is tricky in parts, Irix is a stable desktop OS -- possibly because it runs only on SGI's own hardware. Read the rest at NewsForge.
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Stability is more than a function of "your own hardware"
by Jonathan Thompson on Fri 20th May 2005 20:48 UTC

The stability of a system is at the mercy of drivers and the hardware they control, it's true. However, an OS can have perfect drivers on their own hardware that's perfectly stable (drivers AND hardware being perfectly stable) but if the OS itself has bugs that affect stability, the detail of running on limited hardware is a moot point. At that point, running on very limited hardware may make it easier to track down what bugs exist, but doesn't mean much for the stability of the system.