Feeds

SGI pledges ‘major commitment’ to Linux

We'll more closely support the open source OS than any other vendor, claims company

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing security risks from open source software

SGI claimed yesterday it was making "a major commitment" to Linux -- the biggest from any major computer vendor -- following its announcement of its latest major restructure. That commitment, said company execs speaking at a press conference this evening, is to move all of its software technologies over to the open source OS and into the open source community, as SGI itself shifts away from IRIX and toward Linux. Beau Vrolyk, senior VP of SGI's computer systems business unit, said: "Linux has 12 million users worldwide and is being installed at a rate of one million new installs per month -- faster than all the other Unix-like OSes put together. Linux is better for our customers than any proprietary operating system, so we'll be merging technology out of IRIX and into Linux." While he didn't admit that meant IRIX would ultimately die off, that's effectively what this strategy means, in as much as Linux will eventually offer the same features as IRIX, so there won't be any real reason to support SGI's currently proprietary Unix derivative. NT won't be eased out, said Vrolyk. "NT remains a successful OS from the most powerful software developer in the world. Customers have already chosen between NT and Unix depending on what applications they want to run." Those who choose Unix, will then make a decision whether to adopt IRIX or Linux, he added. SGI also said within nine months it would unveil a new hardware architecture which will offer both MIPS and Intel CPUs, and IRIX and Linux operating systems. "It will give is a 2x speed advantage and a 3x cost reduction," said Vrolyk. MIPS machines will continue to be offered until 2002 -- the current limit of the chip developer's roadmap. "There's no back off from our MIPS/IRIX support," said CEO Rick Belluzzo. SGI's focus on emerging broadband Internet applications, as hinted at in the initial restructure announcement, centres on the emerging scope consumers have for high bandwidth Net connections through DSL and cable modems, said Vrolyk. However, he admitted that the company was coming at the issue from the server end, rather than the client. Vrolyk confirmed that SGI's donation of its graphics technologies to nVidia was essentially about passing the graphics R&D burden over the 3D specialist, which, he said, would be developing products based on SGI technology not only for the mainstream PC market but would be creating systems "only for us". "nVidia will be concentrating on the low-end modules within the graphics pipeline," he said. "SGI will be focusing on the large scale architectures that contain those low-end modules." This is not a weakening of SGI's technology, he stressed, since every SGI machine will still be based exclusively on SGI intellectual property. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.