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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RE: Anonymous (IP: ---.dip.t-dialin.net)
by Anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 13:11 UTC

> Why would Solaris/Opteron/Numaflex boxes make sense when switching to Linux from IBM is "inevitable"?

IBM is putting its bets on Linux because IBM was the sore loser from in Unix wars and AIX simply can't stand up to Solaris. I guess for IBM switching to Linux is "inevitable" because it can't compete with Solaris having just AIX -- AIX is years behind Solaris technologically and can't compete price-wise (Solaris is a screaming bargain compared with AIX). I guess Linux is just a very comfortable FUD that IBM can use to its own advantage.

> 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

No, Opteron on NumaFlex wouldn't cannibalize SPARC systems. NumaFlex is fine for High Performance Computing but it wouldn't fare as well the SPARC FirePlane interconnect based systems -- two thirds of all Oracle installations out there go on Sun SPARC for a good reason. NumFlex is just not suitable for latency and data skew sensitive applications, such as transactional databases. And your reference to SPARC performance as "dog with no legs" is too harsh in all fairness (to both the dog and the processor ;) ). SPARC delivers reasonable performance even though it is currently lagging behind Power5 -- processor performance is leapfrog game and SPARC is likely to leapfrog Power with the release of Sun-Fujitsu APL line pretty soon. If UltraSparc performance is not good enough for you, just buy Fujitsu SPARC64 IV system which have performance comparable to Power5. Like it or not SPARC has still got by far the absolute best 64bit story -- guaranteed backward compatibility and thousands of certified application, something no other 64bit platform can claim.