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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SGI has money, it doesn't need to be bought or rescued. You simply don't hear much from them anymore because they moved to a different market: US Army technologies. Trust me, the US Army pays them well to modify Linux for them and they have enough money to pay their bills. IRIX is the past for SGI, they don't care about it anymore, it's too old of an OS now anyway. Trying to modify IRIX and bring it up to speed will be a waste of time when there's already Solaris, FreeBSD or Linux freely available. It's over.

Regarding Itanium and Solaris; with OpenSolaris (if it does actually occur), it would be an interesting turn of events if SGI embraced OpenSolaris, ported it to Itanium, and bought their IndigoMagic desktop over to Solaris. You'd have the benefits of having a large, specialised software development community, SUN has already ported their compilers and Solaris to Itanium already (Solaris got into beta testing via an Early Acccess programme back in the heady days of Itaniums development - it was promoted as the "SPARC/POWERPC Killer").

It would also be nice to see SGI bring the costs of their workstations down to something approaching reasonable - not ultra-cheap, but an Itanium or even an Opteron workstation, uses OpenBoot for the Firmware and costs around NZ$4K-NZ$5K.