Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by MatzeLoCal
SGI and IRIX German technology website Heise.de reports that SGI will completely abandon its MIPS processor architecture, including its operating system Irix, in favour of Linux-powered Itanium workstations. SGI used MIPS and Irix in its products for almost 20 years, and with this switch to Intel, yet another major (historically speaking, that is) company abandons its architecture for the more common Intel one.
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Open source IRIX
by ajoffe on Tue 5th Sep 2006 20:12 UTC
ajoffe
Member since:
2006-05-27

An open source IRIX would be great. There are still a lot of SGI fans who really love their machines and the whole IRIX system. And there are still a lot of high-end applications available for it. Even if software is obsolete compared to other current systems, it should never go to waste, because you never know who might benefit and do something interesting with it.

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RE: Open source IRIX
by taos on Tue 5th Sep 2006 20:25 in reply to "Open source IRIX"
taos Member since:
2005-11-16

They probably don't have the resource to open-source IRIX, or the resource better spent somewhere else.

Look at how much time and effort Sun spent to open-source Solaris, several years and who knows how much money, which is still going on.

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Milo_Hoffman Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, they did give dontate the very cool XFS filesystem of theirs to Linux as open source already.

http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/

I am not sure there is anything else all that special about Irix compared to any other *nix.

They have taken http://www.osnews.com/subthread.php?news_id=15741&comment_id=159336... bunch of their "know-how" in other areas that SGI was known-for like NUMA, OpenGL etc and put it into Linux too.

See all their open source efforts here, its actually a pretty impressive list:
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/

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RE[2]: Open source IRIX
by SomeGuy on Wed 6th Sep 2006 03:49 in reply to "RE: Open source IRIX"
SomeGuy Member since:
2006-03-20

Sun had the goals of keeping control of the systems, more or less, and generating a vibrant and Sun-oriented commmunity. I think IRIX fans would be happy just to get a code dump. Sure, it isn't a way of getting a vibrant development community going, but it certainly would be sufficient to enable driver updates to keep legacy applications working on newer systems, and more.

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RE: Open source IRIX
by gelosilente on Wed 6th Sep 2006 07:45 in reply to "Open source IRIX"
gelosilente Member since:
2006-08-13

i agree with you, irix is a very interesting os, and, since sgi trow it in the trash, they can donate to the people.

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