coredog64 wrote: If SGI really wanted to create a 4dwm desktop for Linux, well, they've got the source code -- isn't this what "imake" was designed for?
Does that seem strange to you, too ? Like, SGI has existing customers, right ? So if they came out and said, "We can't compete with Intel anymore 'cuz we're too small, so we're going to go with Itanic or Opteron chips but the underlying guts is gonna be what you're used to, what you depend on, what you've used for years just with a stronger motor" then wouldn't most existing customers go along with the plan ? So if they said that, and built an $8500 Itanic box using really good components that came loaded to the gills with memory, disk space, graphics that actually *worked*, etc etc running what appeared to be the *same* environment that existing customers were used to, the whole plan might make some sense ?
A pretty box with worse-than-Gateway components at four times HP or IBM prices running Gnome, jesus. How can they think that's going to sell ? Oh yeah, bandwidth for geologists .... do you think any of the bigwigs at SGI have ever run a computer ? I know for a fact that their head guy in Beijing cannot even set up Outleak Distress and no one in that office has even heard of Irix ... swell.
t seems like they are so in love with the Linux hoopla that they aren't even aware that they have existing
customers. Who in hell is going to leave another brand for SGI under these circumstances ? If they don't keep the customers they have, they won't have anybody
. Btw, there's other people in the viz game ....
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