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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3. It might be true that Sun paid money to whomever was the UNIX owner at the time to do whatever they wanted with Solaris. If so, that begs the question why they had to release it piecemeal to make sure they weren't contravening licence agreements.

At that time, AT&T still owned the license to System V. Sun and AT&T crosslicensed, and SVR4/Solaris were developed concurrently. Sun saw it, among other things, as a chance to 'rationalize' the gap between BSD-ish unix and AT&T-ish unix. The big-bag-of-money that Scott is speaking of is the licensing fee, and at that time AT&T did want a very big bag for the license.

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