"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
"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
"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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