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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by kaiwai on Mon 23rd May 2005 05:06 UTC

Ok, this is the theory, according to MIPS devotees. MIPS *SHOULD* in theory, cost less than other CPUs due to their relatively simple design, now, coupled with the massive bandwidth, the idea is; MIPS rated at a lower clockk rate, doing more work per clock cycle, coupled with the fact that they're cheaper to produce, you have more MIPS processors in a box, resulting in the work load being spread over more CPUs resulting in higher performance (before the idea of dual core etc).

So coupled with a extremely fine grained operating system, good compilers, and massive bandwidth between CPU's and main memory, it sounds like a sound theory, remember thats *IN THEORY* - in practice, its a completely difference kettle of fish.