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: DLazlo
by Anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 21:01 UTC


I *do* use it, on my O2, so dont tell me i'm parading around here running down what I don't use.

I still maintain my opinion that most SGI workstations don't really cut it for general use these days.

No USB, no Firewire, no 802.11b, reliance on expensive SCSI disk, and CPUs and graphics hardware that don't compete with cheap x86 PCs.

You would be a fool to drop $40,000 on a Tezro when you could get way better desktop functionality, application and hardware support from a G5 or an x86 workstation, both of which offer you a choice of OSes and DEs (the same ones e.g. GNOME/KDE/Blackbox you mention that you could run on your SGI), along with a pricetag about 1/10th of the Tezro.


The one area they still enjoy a significant advantage is raw memory bandwidth, something which 90% of users can't really take advantage of.

You would also be a fool if you thought you could stream 4 uncompressed HDTV streams in realtime through a $4000 G5 or x86 box when what you really need is the $40,000 Tezro.

You'll note that I said if you can get the box cheap, then go for it, its certainly interesting seeing what SGI were up to 10 years ago, but thats where IRIX and the SGI DE is stuck, and where it will stay.

And if you think IRIX - the base OS, not the DE really does offer some benefit over Linux, *BSD or Solaris as a basis for a desktop workstation, perhaps you'd care to share that rather than mindlessly flaming?