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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Irix is rock solid when well managed
by bloodflowers on Thu 3rd Oct 2002 12:52 UTC

Like most commercial unixes, Irix is a rock solid OS when you manage it properly. I'll deliberately leave Sun out of that endorsement due to their extremely unreliable hardware of late. Just make sure you use the 6.5.x series, since the 6.2s were terrible.

There are now a lot of second hand SGI machines floating around on ebay/etc - they make excellent general purpose desk machines, and the big iron is affordable and ideal as a fileserver. $900 bought me a 12x CPU challenge L - which now sits in the garage obediently serving files, and running seti ;-) $900 spent on a PC will not get you anything like the memory bandwidth and SMP power an old server can (and the server will probably last longer too..) Shop around and it's pretty easy to find ones with multiple fiber interfaces :-)