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PC Week UK: Irix takes back seat as SGI goes for Linux

Aug 02, 1999, 14:52 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Favell)

"SGI is holding off on porting its own Unix operating system to Intel's Merced chip, preferring to use Linux."

"'We have not closed the door finally on [Irix, SGI's version of Unix, on Intel], but the current feeling from an applications standpoint is that Linux is the right answer,' said Hank Shiffman, strategy technologist at SGI. 'Given the resources we have, we have to focus on just one [operating system] and that one is Linux.'"

"SGI's strategy has reversed since April 1998, when chief executive Rick Belluzzo outlined SGI's relationship with Intel. In a statement, the company said then: 'By porting the Irix operating system to Intel's IA64 architecture debuting in the Merced processor, Silicon Graphics [since renamed SGI] will provide new choices for customers.'"

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