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Fwd: Re: Is Unix dying--or even dead?
>Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 04:18:59 -0500 (EST)
>To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
>Subject: Fwd: Re: Is Unix dying--or even dead?
>>>>From Edupage, 18 December 1997:
>>>TACTICAL SHIFT BY WORKSTATION COMPANIES
>>>Silicon Graphics Inc.'s plan to allow SGI graphics software to run on
>>>Microsoft's Windows NT operating system provides new evidence that a
>>>growing number of companies are giving up on Unix and instead
>>>standardizing on Windows NT. SGI hopes to be able to use its
>>>experience in developing high-end graphics software without having to
>>>spend a great deal of time building the underlying technology
>>>represented by an operating system. (Washington Post 17 Dec 97)
>Fools. This will trap them into trying to compete with MS on its own
>platform, which is what's killing everyone else. What they should do is
>port to Linux, which should be much easier anyway, and give much better
>results, since they can customize the OS to their needs. Does anyone have
>any connections at SGI? I'm preparing a pro-Linux case based on my OOSI
>paper that I want to promote around Silicon Valley.
Never mind the contact list. Turns out SGI has decide to bend over and
"partner" with Microsoft. I suppose their previous CEO left to avoid the
humiliation. Best thing now would be to convince them to put the IRIX
(their own version of Unix) source code in the public domain under a
GNU-type license, since they're abandoning the platform anyway; this would
enable the sophisticated media-handling and massively parallel aspects of
that OS to be munged into Linux and other Free Unixes. But I'm not holding
my breath. Lot of creative people at that company, though. I expect they'll
be leaving soon.