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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More IRIX
by milatchi on Wed 6th Sep 2006 04:49 UTC
milatchi
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2005-08-29

I think IRIX died in 1999 when sgi started producing NT Workstations and sold tons of OpenGL patents to nVIDIA and Microsoft (Direct3D). There was a myth floating around about IRIX 7 (a port of IRIX to Itanium), around '99-00, but ultimately sgi decided to go with Linux on Itanium, rather than rewrite IRIX.

A friend of mine has been working on an sgi history and info page. It's still in a very precocious stage, but gives a lot of info on IRIX.

http://bama.ua.edu/~dodso003/irixinfo.html

Edited 2006-09-06 04:57

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