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FairfaxIT: SGI move prods floodgates

Mar 08, 1999, 15:43 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"The announcement by Silicon Graphics last week that it was throwing its weight behind open source development makes my grand prognosticating at the outset seem positively conservative."

"The Open Source software model is the future of Unix software development," SGI's vice-president, chief scientist and co-founder, Kurt Akeley, said last week"

"This year, SGI will release key features of its proprietary IRIX operating system to the open source community. These features are likely to include ccNUMA, symmetric multiprocessing, memory management, high-speed networking and graphics. But most important for the broad brush of more mundane business IT uses is a commitment to release mature administration and management tools."

"An interesting outgrowth of the new credo is the decision by Sun Microsystems, reported in the Washington Post, to release for free its processor designs."

--Well researched article covering many points appearing in print editions of The (Melbourne) Age and Sydney Morning Herald

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