Here's a few perspectives—pro and con—regarding the new OS that owes its success to a researcher in Finland.
A New Linux Portfolio
SGI started 2000 with the announcement of several additions to its growing portfolio of Linux operating systems, including the introduction of a new SGI Internet server, SGI Advanced Clustering Environment and global Linux services. With these very Linux-geared additions to the SGI power suite of technologies, SGI marked the second year of its drive to help accelerate the commercial adoption of Linux, as well as establish a foundation for its Intel processor-based products.
The January announcements supported SGI's dual-platform strategy in which the company offered Intel and Linux, as well as MIPS and IRIX solutions, for visual and technical computing. SGI reported full support for six leading Linux distributions running on the Intel IA32 platform, including technologies from Red Hat, Turbo Linux, Suse, Mandrake, Debian and Caldera.
"At SGI, we're working on overlays that will run on top of Linux to allow the OS to take advantage of our hardware," reports Wayne Arvidson, global industry manager for SGI's digital media markets. "We're also taking components of our IRIX 64-bit system and making them available to the open-source community to facilitate development of 64 bit-based versions of Linux. IRIX is SGI's UNIX-based OS technology.
"We will continue to develop IRIX, partially due to a long-term commitment to the U.S. government for high-end systems," he continues. "IRIX will still be our highest-performance solution—we will then migrate certain IRIX features down to Linux and the rest of the open-source community. We've found that, for our IRIX developers, the port over to Linux is very straightforward."
Linux Splashes Servers
An integral component of Splash Technology's latest color servers, the T Series, is the Splash-Linux technology. Splash is looking to the Linux OS to provide several important advantages for the T Series, as well as for future products. "Linux is an advanced OS that is more stable then NT," states David Emmett, senior vice president of engineering at Splash.