[rescue] SGI Indigo2 & IRIX 6.5

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Mon Dec 1 08:25:04 CST 2008

On Mon, 1 Dec 2008, Michael C. Vergallen wrote:

> So I was wrong to think that SGI + IRIX was used for mainly graphical
> work & visualisation then ?

That and, on the server side, scalable high-performance computing.  IRIX
running on a system as large as an Origin 2800 is a single-image operating
system, not a cluster OS.

I'm not a representative sample by any stretch, but I personally used IRIX
as a development environment almost exclusively from 1996 through 2004.  I
found much more comfortable (and responsive) to work in than Solaris,
where one could watch windows slooooowly think about repainting
themselves, even on Creator-series graphics hardware.  I'd have
recommended it at the time to anyone who lucked into some discarded SGI

I did like maintaining Solaris as a multiuser server environment a lot
better, though.

Jonathan Patschke < "There is great satisfaction in building good tools
Elgin, TX          > for other people to use."
USA               <                                     --Freeman Dyson

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