[[C|-|E]] wrote:The main problem is that, being a biologist, I really need web browsing most of the time as well as a lot of specific applications. I use programs for protein comparison, dna cloning, oligo desing... and I work intensively with 3D models of proteins.
It's a bit of a pity, since IRIX once was the most popular UNIX platform in the biology market. Back in olden times (late 90s through around 2002 or so), SGI themselves actively ported and optimized several bioinformatics and molecular biology tools for IRIX. For applications that took advantage of multi-processor machines, like BLAST, FASTA, or CLUSTAL, the SGI optimizations were pretty impressive. The lack of a current Java and a modern, well-performing browser hurts quite a bit. Most of the scientific tasks that you mentioned are well within the processing power of an O2 (unless you're doing whole genome comparisons), but without a good Java implementation or a browser, IRIX does get left behind. In a current scientific environment, an O2 still works nicely as a front-end to things running on larger systems or on clusters, but mostly as a glorified X Terminal.