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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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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uteck Member since:
2006-07-16

Did they license most of Irix from SCO as a Unix derivative or is it like Solaris and a BSD derivative? If the former, then they can't open source it, if the latter, then they may just have to remove any closed code they don't own.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Solaris isn't a BSD derivative... that's SunOS (4 and earlier). Solaris is based on AT&T SVR4, which SCO now own. Having to rewrite Solaris to remove SVR4 code is why open-sourcing Solaris took so long.

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rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

Meh, Novell can just over-rule what SCO says and give them the right to do it anyways. Novell still has the final say on what licensees are allowed to do with Unix code.

And what they licensed from "SCO" (SCO is nothing more than a rogue glorified licensing agent on behalf of Novell) probably makes up very little of Irix.

http://www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity/pdf/10_7_03_n-sco_sgi.pdf
http://www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity/pdf/10_10_03_n-scoandsgi....

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Did they license most of Irix from SCO as a Unix derivative or is it like Solaris and a BSD derivative?

Dude! License IRIX from SCO? Drop back a bit and think this through a couple times and see what other impressions you get.

SCO doesn't own IRIX. No matter whether you mean [the] Santa Cruz Operation, now owned by SUN after changing it's name to Tarantella and switching focus from operating systems to interoperability software a la Citrix, nor by The SCO Group, formerly Caldera, a failed Linux vendor that currently gets a 5% commission from Novell on Unix SysV license sales. IRIX is a trademark of SGI and is their product. They may still license some SysV code. It's hard not to do since things like init scripts or printer script "filters" are all unpublished property of $vendor. Or you could replace the init system scripts with a binary a la Solaris.

The only reason they still exist is because about 7 months before bankruptcy they were able to attract investors by suing IBM for $3 beeeeelyon!

They showed Jay Schulist's clean room version of Berkeley Packet Filter code as one example of proof of their infringement claims.

These guys are clowns who have parlayed hundreds of millions of investor dollars into a failure so abject that it attempts to delay the inevitable with any available option.

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taos Member since:
2005-11-16

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

I am aware of the SGI's contribution to Linux.
Not surprising since SGI is one of the earliest Unix vendors to pretty much give up their own arch and OS to Linux on Intel (Itanium).

However you cannot compare the amount of work for open-sourcing a filesystem (which runs on top of VFS that's commonly used by nix*) and SMP/NUMA code to the amount of work for open-sourcing the whole OS.

Of course, I also hope SGI can open-source all the cool technologies in IRIX, if not the whole OS.

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