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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The reality isn't quite as good as the hype with IRIX
by Anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 10:14 UTC

I mean, SGI machines have a reputation, and rightly so, for being graphics-optimised workhorses.

The Octane2/Fuel/Tezro workstations have more memory bandwidth than any x86 PC yet produced, and even my ancient O2 still holds its own when it comes to capturing and playing back video.

However, I think you're dreaming if you think IRIX would cut it compared to KDE, OS X or Windows as a desktop environment.

It does have some good features - the Toolchest gives you a simple, central menu, and the scalable icons have always been pretty nifty. But thats where it ends - theres nothing else about IRIX/4dwm/Indigo Magic that makes it more suitable than the abovementioned DEs for desktop use in my view.

My 200Mhz O2 is, despite being very old, still more than usable for lower-end 3D work with Blender, for capturing and playing back near-broadcast quality video, and miscellaneous tasks - I wouldnnt' use it to run OpenOffice or even Firefox/Mozilla and expect it to turn in good performance.

I think a lot of people who 'dream of IRIX on SGI' are more enamoured with the reputation of the company than desiring any actual features of the desktop platform.

I would certainly recommend picking up an older SGI as a toy if you can get it for next to nothing, but paying real money for one will probably leave you disappointed.