Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 22:59:18 +0100
Seconded. SGI (and actually the whole industry) is _W_A_Y_ more
OSS friendly than /. rumors say.
Although I am a supporter of SGI and I understand their friendlyness
to the community, I do have to state that the rumors and feelings are
unsurprising given that:
1) SGI has no UNIX story (yet) on their new hardware.
2) SGI has no binary compatability story on the new hardware for
customers who have made an investment in their MIPS line.
(Sun will be acquiring what SGI has (ability to execute x86
binaries) in the very near future in their Sparc processors,
without screwing their customers over the way SGI is at the
moment... I can't say how they'll do it, but all I can say is
that they are doing it the right way)
And todays announcement of how much of their MIPS investment stake
they are getting rid of, will only amplify how people feel about the
So if SGI has some exciting news for us OSS people in the pipeline,
and they are just holding off for "the right time", I think this is a
miscalculated delay and will hurt them tremendously. The sooner the
better, is anyone listening?
David S. Miller