Vision fades on the Visual Workstation
Also from News.com, SGI's troubles just keep getting worse and worse. This article reports that SGI is abandoning the original founding principles of its Visual Workstation line. The line will still exist, but will no longer have any of the custom advancements that SGI labored for more than two years to complete. It seems that the rest of the market caught up, as Intel's new chipset erases nearly all the advantage that the custom SGI architecture had.
Two planned models, the 320 and the 540, have been cancelled, at a cost of $60 million. The new models will apparently use standard hardware and claim added value as a selling point. SGI does say that Linux will figure prominently in its new workstation line; the company apparently plans to release some of its OpenGL software as open source. That noise you hear is Linux users rejoicing.