Subject: Re: SGI port?
To: der Mouse <>
From: Stefan Grefen <>
List: netbsd-ports
Date: 06/27/1997 16:49:53
In message <199706271436.KAA20032@Twig.Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>  der Mouse wrote:
> > [...] SGI port [...]
> > Is there general interest in such a port?
> Depending on which SGI hardware you're talking about, definitely.  I
> know a lab that's got a bunch of Personal Irises that are being
> orphaned by SGI (we've been told 5.3 will be the last release that
> supports them).  They're the most important ones, but I'd really love
> to have a _real_ OS to run on the SGI hardware.

I was at the SGI Developer conference in San Fransico in June, and in
a talk about free-software we were told they've given at least 3
machines (Personal Irises I think) to people doing a Linux port.
They've a limited amount of machines, and I think won't loan  more machines
beifre the Linux port is done. But maybe we can get hold of the Linux
port and go from there.

I can give you the mail address of the SGI guy.

> Unfortunately SGI is yet another computer company that's walked down
> the "solutions" path of good intentions.  I see it over and over: a
> company starts selling computers and does well, then some suit decides
> they need to change their focus and they start selling "solutions"
> instead and the company goes all to hell.  It's happened to DEC, it's
> happened to Sun, and I don't know if SGI ever was selling just
> computers, but if so, it's definitely happened to them.

It'll be a cold day in hell, before the suits figure out that you
can't just sell solutions.


> 					der Mouse
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Stefan Grefen                                Tandem Computers Europe Inc.                       High Performance Research Center
If a group of N persons implements a COBOL compiler, there will be N-1
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                -- T. Cheatham