Adrenaline wrote:Prior to Silicon Graphics deciding on going down the Itanium route was there discussion on IRIX 6.6 or even a roadmap to 7.0?
R-ten-K wrote:Adrenaline wrote:Prior to Silicon Graphics deciding on going down the Itanium route was there discussion on IRIX 6.6 or even a roadmap to 7.0?
Internally processor/OS/SW projects had codenames usually left to the whim of the PM in charge.
There must have been tons of "roadmaps" floating around during the roaring late 90s. But they were mostly vaporware, anything that had to do with what would have been Irix post 6.5 was abandoned probably around 1999 when Oracle dropped support for Irix and it was clear that any new MIPS arch was not going to materialize.
I assume most discussions among the Irix team around that time were about resume writing tips.
"I haven't been following any IRIX roadmaps lately, but it seems that IRIX 7 will likely never happen. I went to SGI's Developer Forum in '97, when 6.5 was relatively new. Several of the sessions talked about all the great things that they were doing for IRIX 7, due out no later than the following summer. 5 years later and we're on something like 6.5.17. SGI continues to pump out minor maintenance and feature releases, but you certainly get the feeling that IRIX isn't going much further these days. 'Tis a shame, really. Back in the day, IRIX was the best Unix out there, bar none... "
Ryan Fox wrote:Interesting that this got brought up. Imagine if Sgi still utilized MIPS , perhaps R20K cpus well over the 2GHZ mark.... (I never really liked a wintel box)
Irix 7 might have gone the same route as MacOS.. bubbled up, eye-candied up.. pwetty...
And if prices were competitive or equal to what Apple offered , then perhaps Sgi might still have the upper hand today in the graphics world.
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