[rescue] Re: [geeks] THIS. MAKES. ME. SICK.

Patrick Giagnocavo rescue at sunhelp.org
Wed Jun 13 10:22:19 CDT 2001

On Wed, Jun 13, 2001 at 10:18:27AM -0400, Brian Hechinger wrote:

> hey, SGI isn't doing too well these days.  at least they didn't just slap a
> Cray logo on a big Origin box.

Ahh, I don't think SGI owns Cray anymore.  They sold off the division about
6 months ago, I think.

> the Alpha is actually a pretty slick CPU.  not vector mind you, but how much
> call is there for big vector machines these days? (Dave or James?)

The problem was in the market, and the fact that since the other CPUs in the
market are not vector, you'd have to re-write your application software.
Having the d*mn Japanese gov't force US companies to license their products
at lowball prices probably didn't help either.

> the Linux bit doesn't exactly thrill me, but that's just SGI's adoption of
> Linux all around that we won't seem to be able to avoid.  i'm not going to
> say any more, i always tend to piss of the Linux crowd.

Really all they are doing is taking open source stuff, slapping it into a
big pile of hardware, then figuring out how to make it easier to manage,
probably fixing a few bugs along the way.

Oh yeah, the cool logo probably helps too. :-)


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