[rescue] Whither Solaris 10
francini at mac.com
Tue Apr 28 19:33:01 CDT 2015
MIPS chips (or, I should say, the MIPS instruction set) lives on in Dell
EqualLogic storage arrays, running NetBSD.
> On 28 Apr 2015, at 18:31 , Jonathan Sturges <jonathansturges at yahoo.com>
>> 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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