Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 2nd Oct 2002 17:49 UTC
SGI and IRIX In the '90s, before MacOSX was released, if people were to reffer to a user-friendly Unix that looked cool at the time, that would have been SGI's 64-bit operating system for the MIPS processors, the IRIX. IRIX was first released in 1987, and by 1995 was already a highly respected UNIX, the first with immense multimedia capabilities! Check out our introduction and some screenshots of IRIX.
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slow X (free)
by aviv on Wed 2nd Oct 2002 20:49 UTC

Xfree is not so slow, but the developers are not interested in fixing simple problems that cause bad user experience - i have found a bug in xfree that makes opaque mouse drag (in xfree) to be too slow (jumpy), but got no response from any of the developers. (i've tested a workaround, and on my system Xfree is faster then XP).

b.t.w. IRIX is fun, but i managed to lock (by mistake) an o2 box (don't remember the actual IRIX version) by using GL commands... so the performance has some drawbacks.