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Here comes SGI. The company formerly known as Silicon Graphics has
made a number of interesting announcements over the last week or so. It is
worthwhile to have a look at their moves all together:
While a number of companies are getting into Linux seemingly just to get on
the bandwagon and keep their bases covered, SGI appears to be one that
really "gets it." A company that is an active contributor to the system
almost has to get better results from it. With luck, SGI will realize the
benefits of being an active part of the Linux community; if so, we are
seeing a piece of the computing industry's future in SGI's actions.
- As had been expected, SGI announced
a new server product: the 1400L. It takes up to four Xeon processors
and comes, of course, with Linux preloaded. While SGI made its name
in graphics, the truth is that they have been a strong performer in
the server arena for a long time. The 1400L looks to be a
well-designed, high-end Intel-based server system. And it runs
There is, of course, an NT-based version available as well.
Interestingly, it costs $1000 more than the Linux version.
- What happened to IRIX? SGI has let it slip that they have pretty much
dropped the idea of porting IRIX to the Intel architecture - they will
go with Linux instead. Thus, there will probably be no IRIX for the
IA-64 ("Merced") processor either. According to Hank Shiffman, a
"strategy technologist" at SGI, "Given the resources we have, we
have to focus on just one [operating system] and that one is
Linux." (Quoted in PC
LWN has been predicting for a while (along with many, many others)
that Linux would end up displacing the proprietary Unix systems.
There is little economic sense in a hardware company producing its own
operating system when there is such a high-quality alternative that
they can use for free. It is beginning to look like IRIX is the first
of the proprietary systems to fall; it will not be the last.
Partly as a result of SGI's announcements, the trade press is actually
beginning to believe that Linux will have a large presence in a
computing future that, apparently, will be dominated by IA-64 systems.
Most still seem to think, however, that the strongest Unix on IA-64
will be "Monterey," a system being developed by IBM, SCO,
and others. But by the time Monterey is both real and stable, who
will still be interested?
- Something that should not be missed: while many computer companies
are adopting Linux to some extent, most of them are contenting
themselves with installing it on some systems, and maybe providing
some support options. SGI is going beyond that by throwing in
development resources and contributing back to Linux.
The biggest example, of course, is the contribution of their XFS
filesystem. Progress on XFS is slow, as had been predicted; it will
not show up in a stable kernel anytime this year. SGI's contributions
go well beyond XFS, however; a perusal of their pages turns up a
list of kernel patches contributed by SGI to help with immediate
performance problems. There is also code for 4GB memory support, a
kernel debugger, storage management, and a number of other things.
Finally, SGI has been a supporter of the Samba project for some time
now. All of these projects are going out as open source.
(See also: SGI's open source page,
their projects page,
the SGI Linux page,
News.com article with some good quotes on why SGI is attracted to Linux,
series press release, and this release
about their partnership with Red Hat). Thanks to Ariel Faigon for pointing
us to some of the information above.
Can the bazaar be original?
Here's a brief essay from Eric Raymond,
intended to be a new section for "The Cathedral and
the Bazaar," which addresses the question of whether bazaar-style
development can come up with original ideas. Eric, of course,
believes that it can.
Eric has also made a new version of The Cathedral
and the Bazaar available - the first in over a year. Eric evidently
has a deal in place with O'Reilly to package up his papers into a
cloth-bound book aimed at business readers.
The second LinuxWorld Expo is next week. LWN
editors Elizabeth Coolbaugh and Jonathan Corbet will be present at the
Expo, keep an eye out for us! (We will also be teaching a tutorial on Linux
systems administration in large network environments on Monday, August 9).
Look to the Linux Weekly News (and the daily updates
page) for our coverage of this event.
The Great Linux Giveaway. Eklektix, Inc., publisher of the Linux Weekly
News, will be joining ASL Workstations, Inc.in their "Great Linux Giveaway" promotion. Somebody will be winning a AS-LT300 laptop
and a seat in our Linux administration for Unix administrators class. It is a great
combination of prizes; please see ASL events page for more information.
Red Hat's IPO is also scheduled to happen sometime next week. A lot
of Linux folks can be expected to be watching the stock quote services if
all goes according to plan....
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August 5, 1999