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 was not 64-bit for a good while
by Kriston on Thu 3rd Oct 2002 15:26 UTC

In 1987, Irix was not 64-bit. It was 32-bit. Not only that, but it took a painful route into 64-bit land. Today's Irix systems have a total of three (3), count'em, THREE ABI's. There is the original "o32," the newer "n32," and the current "64." Irix has no less than three (3), count'em, THREE, copies of system libraries to make all applications work.

Anyone who thinks this is a good Unix has never actually used it for real, live work.