Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Oct 2008 22:32 UTC, submitted by Eric Masson
X11, Window Managers Most of you will be familiar with Silicon Graphics, Inc., once the proud leader in the graphics workstations market with their high-end MIPS workstations, running the UNIX System V based IRIX operating system. The company has been in steady decline for a long time now, and two years ago it put an end to its MIPS product line, favouring processors from Intel. Back to IRIX - it has many assets and good features (XFS, for instance), and the IRIX Interactive Desktop was certainly one of them. Sadly, it never properly made its way out of IRIX, but this is now being worked on, with the full support from SGI.
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interesting gamble
by poohgee on Thu 9th Oct 2008 05:46 UTC
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I really like the idea of a very snappy lightweigt full desktop environment - i.e. a fast powerful lightweight version of GNOME ,KDE or Xface .

I hope for them ,that there is a demand for what they are offering & developing .

They talk of high reliability - I do not know how SGI put IRIX together - but the reliability of this new desktop environment also depends on the reliability of the X Window System ,the drivers & the rest of the kernel .. etc. .

These three parts of the system are currently not developed with ultimate reliabilty & snappyness in mind ,which SGI on IRIX had more control of .

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