[rescue] Whither Solaris 10

Jonathan Sturges jonathansturges at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 28 17:31:58 CDT 2015

>Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:41:36 -0400
>From: Andrew Jones <andrew at jones.ec>
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Whither Solaris 10
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>On 04/28/2015 05:30 PM, Steven M Jones wrote:
>> And FWIW they were consumed - or hollowed out and worn like a flesh
>> costume - by Rackable in 2009.
>It's worth noting the Rackable deal was executed after SGI's *second* 
>bankruptcy.  They entered chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006 and then did it 
>again in 2009.
>> More to the point - I think? - the last IRIX release (6.5.30 in 2006)
>> was only something like eight years after the initial release of 6.5
>> (1998). If you want to compare it to the release of IRIX 6.0 that was
>> 1994, but the 6.x IRIX releases weren't clear major/minor release
>> progressions as you might expect from the numbering scheme.
>6.5.30 came out the same year as the very final hardware sales for IRIX. 
>  It's hardly surprising that they stopped updating the install media 
>after they stopped selling hardware.
>I know they were still issuing patches as late as 2012, and there were 
>support contracts that ran through 12/31/2013.

They were also still manufacturing new Fuel workstations at least as recently as 2010.  I was at the factory and saw them myself... was pretty surprised to see a MIPS machine still in production.


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