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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"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."

It would have been even more interesting if SGI dropped Itanium and adopted Opteron to NumaFlex -- they would instantly gain a huge portpholio of applications that could run decently on their platform (can't say that about Itanium). That combined with OpenSolaris could have been a perfect HPC platform -- Dtrace alone can make a tremendous difference in HPC environment.

Maybe SUN should buy out SGI and start producing friggin huge Solaris boxes using Opteron using NumaFlex - now *THAT* would be a great system - the only downside? it would cannabalise their existing SPARC systems, that run slower than a dog with no legs - and no, I'm not exaggerating - just look at the TPC and SPEC2000 benchmarks for their SPARC workstations - price/performance/features wise, SPARC is an absolute rip off, only being bought by existing customers before they make the innevital switch to Linux, because the CIO got some fan boy propanganda from IBM services in the mail.