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EE Times: Silicon Graphics releases Linux workstations

May 16, 2000, 10:49 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Silicon Graphics Inc. got behind the Linux operating system in a big way on Monday (May 15), introducing a line of Intel-based workstations that will support Linux, and saying it will drop all development work on proprietary operating systems except for its high-end IRIX systems. The moves will help SGI take advantage of industry standards and save development costs, the company said."

"The workstation line also supports Windows NT."

"Silicon Graphics (Mountain View, Calif.) wants to build on its success with Linux servers by moving to Linux workstations, said Ujesh Desai, the company's IA-32 workstation line manager. Leading EDA vendors have already started to port their tools to Linux to meet growing demand in the engineering community, the company said."

"SGI is pointing its Linux and Windows NT-based systems in different directions. "Windows NT is good for graphics and PCB [pc-board] layout, but is not scalable like Unix and Linux, and it is best suited for small, single-user jobs," said Shing Pan, EDA Marketing manager for Silicon Graphics."

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