Linked by telns on Thu 14th Feb 2013 21:26 UTC
SGI and IRIX Firefox 3.0.19 is being beta tested on IRIX. Yeah, I know, Firefox 3.x is really old. But this is a big deal for IRIX users, who have been stuck on Firefox 2.0.22 for years. With this breakthrough, I expect to see 3.5 or 3.6 follow soon. Not sure how much more recent than that can be accomplished.
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RE: IRIX users?
by spudley99 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 10:35 UTC in reply to "IRIX users?"
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2009-03-25

Are there still any active IRIX users? Wow... nice. I wonder what are the reasons? I never had I chance to use IRIX machine and would definitively like to try just for fun... but other than that - are there any "practical" reasons? As I understand "modern browser support" is not one of them ;)


Come on, this is OSNews.

If there's one thing that we expect from this site, it's a bit of cheerleading for users of obscure and obsolete operating systems.

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RE[2]: IRIX users?
by Sodki on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:06 in reply to "RE: IRIX users?"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Come on, this is OSNews.

If there's one thing that we expect from this site, it's a bit of cheerleading for users of obscure and obsolete operating systems.


I think witold.bolt was being inquisitive, not malicious. The quotes around "practical" is a big hint.

I've used many fairly obscure and obsolete OSs and all of them had something different that made people tinker with it. I've never used IRIX, so I make the same question. What are the good and bad points of IRIX?

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RE[2]: IRIX users?
by marcp on Mon 18th Feb 2013 09:26 in reply to "RE: IRIX users?"
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2007-11-23

Cheerleading? come on ... not only did they choose old and obsolete, closed-source platform that is a pure example of vendor-lockin model, but they also paid for it! could it be more ridiculous?

Edited 2013-02-18 09:27 UTC

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RE[2]: IRIX users?
by bassbeast on Mon 18th Feb 2013 11:13 in reply to "RE: IRIX users?"
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2007-11-11

I think he was just being curious and I will say I am too, I mean why would you want to put a decade plus IRIX system on the net? I mean I can see wanting to play with the OS for old times sake but what is the point of porting a really old version of FF to it?

it can't be for security reasons, there have been too many releases since 3.x, not to mention I doubt seriously anybody is writing bugs for IRIX systems anymore. Can't really be for features as its not like FF 3.x on MIPS is gonna be running flash or playing HTML V5, so why? why not just use whatever browser the last version of IRIX came with and call it a day?

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