Arabski wrote: Why any of you should tell people who put their free time into developing some "useless" things like Linux for SGI, that they should do something else? It's their free time!
As I stated before, everyone one is free to do there own useless projects. But don't expect cheering. Accompanying the desire for cheering however, many of the Linux folks seem to have this attitude that Linux is inherently more modern, better, or a path forward. Not true - that's the responsibility of application software, really, and not the OS function. Linux != Open source application software. Actually, the point of open source software should be that the applications _do_ run under IRIX.
Another thing, is disticnt antagonism towards Linux in general, represented by *some* of the forum members. Where did it come from? In my humble opinion, Linux is the one of the greatest milestones of computing.
Agreed. While undoubtably some are antagonistic toward Linux in general, my sense would be that most simply are antagonistic toward Linux on SGI, viewed as effort that could be better expended. Linux is a fantastic option for the Intel platform.
And as a conlcusion - IRIX/SGI are dead! Face it. It's a shame, but in the same time it's a fact.
This is a prime example of my point above about the Linux "attitude". To the extent that I do agree with you, it's that SGI/MIPS is "dead". It can be a prolonged drawn out battle, if one wishes, but there's no point to adding Linux to that battle. Have you ever seen a Datsun 240Z? Equipped with a nice inline 6 engine, it became popular for V8 Chevy engine swaps. Sacrilege to some. But at least you're gaining some power. Running Linux is more like swapping in a '70 MGB four, and then you're gaining? Pointless. But the fanbois want adulation and to be cheered on. Again, Linux is great, run it on Intel for the exact same experience, higher performance, and less money.
Trying not to fall ill of moderators, it's readily available from commericial sources for ~$40 if one doesn't need the latest version (later versions cost many times the base for some reason, even though SGI provides the updates, and later versions (like Linux!) are slower). Some people seem to object to spending any money at all on these machines, and if they do, I'm not sure I see the point of getting them running at all. It's not that much. Fast twice on alternating days and you'll save enough to cough up the dough to gain a copy. And perhaps lose a pound in the process, also good for you.Arabski wrote:I know you do, but...
If one does not have OS? Gets only the hardware? What then? Can't afford to buy OS? What's the alternative? Steal it? Download from torrents?