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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Multiple dedicated chips
by Chris on Thu 3rd Oct 2002 15:36 UTC

Hmm, I keep seeing references to the VLSI tricks of the Amiga. Well folks, the Amiga borrowed the idea of dedicated chips for sound and graphics from the old Atari XL series of machines...

Irix, as has been pointed out, is very stable when well admin'ed BUT has numerous security holes that have been a continuing bugaboo. Poor SGI has become so skeletonized in the last few years that they really can't afford to do as much as they should to support IRIX. I have a friend at my last job that used an Indy 2 until this month! He refused to give it up as it did just about everything he needed.

4dwm is not that bad when compared to generic Motif and things like window border size can be modified quite easily with changes to the resource files.

SGI was very innovative for it's time and I think people have forgotten that they were the first big Unix vendor to make a real effort to integrate multimedia into their operating system. The first webcams that I saw in widespread use were in an SGI lab (Indys to replace old DECstations) back at Univ. of Cali, Davis.

And as to Eugenia's X problems - dump the nVidia card! XFree has much more stable drivers for ATI and Matrox cards. My ATI Radeon hasn't required nearly the tweaking to get high resolutions that your nVidia card has.

Cheers