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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Nothing special about SGI...?
by indiocolifa on Tue 5th Sep 2006 21:29 UTC
indiocolifa
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2006-06-20

I think that now there is nothing special about SGI. No more powerful and *different* workstations. May be the age of the powerful Unix workstation is finished, may be.

SGI should release IRIX as open source, at least the code that can be released without problems. Can be a good starting point to maybe "FreeIRIX" or "OpenIRIX" :the first multimedia-aimed free UNIX clone.

The decadence of SGI seems to be unstoppable. They will die, I think.

Edited 2006-09-05 21:33

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kloty Member since:
2005-07-07

>I think that now there is nothing special about SGI. No more powerful >and *different* workstations. May be the age of the powerful Unix >workstation is finished, may be.

That's not true regarding the current SGI offerings of their Itanium workstation. They are powerfull and very different from the rest. Please read the article http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=15582

Anton

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

The decadence of SGI seems to be unstoppable. They will die, I think.

Cheer up! Maybe SUN will buy them. ;)

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