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 computers are classic
by mike on Sat 21st May 2005 02:59 UTC

I think everyone who has played with sgi hardware and IRIX develops a liking for it. IRIX was the only user-friendly *nix before modern linux and OSX. The hardware (if you can afford anything made less then 5 years ago) is top of the line. The design of the machines is more beautiful and functional then anything apple has put out. I tried out IRIX 6.2 last year on an indy* (a 10 year old machine!) and found lots of cool 3d toys in addition to simple and effective package management and expected unix stability. Unfortunatly I messed up IRIX (rm'ed some system files by mistake), and ended up putting debian on the indy and selling it. I have an Octane2* running IRIX 6.5.22, from ebay, comming in the mail soon. I can't wait!

btw...check out
It's the best source for hobbiest sgi and IRIX users.

*r4400 200mhz 1mb cache, 256mb ram, 24-bit 1280x1024 video...not bad condiddering PCs were windows 3.1 486s in the era the indy was new!

*r12000 400mhz 2mb cache, 1 gig ram, v6 odysey video