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SGI's Unix variant fading into history

Silicon Graphics to stop selling computers using MIPS chips and Irix operating system at end of 2006.

By September 8, 2006


Web server vulnerability uncovered

SGI machines running the Apache Web server on SGI's IRIX operating system are vulnerable to attack by hackers, who may be able to gain administrator-level access, the company has warned. SGI makes machines used for many functions, including scientific research and movie special effects. Many machines are used by government and defense organizations. The new flaws, originally announced Friday, affect IRIX versions 6.5.12, 6.5.13 and 6.5.14 running Apache versions earlier than 1.3.22. IRIX is SGI's proprietary version of the Unix operating system, while Apache is a widely used open-source Web server, installed and enabled by default on IRIX. SGI hasn't released a patch, but it recommends that people upgrade to an OS newer than 6.5.14, as these systems include a newer version of Apache in which the problems have been resolved. If the software can't be upgraded immediately, the company recommends disabling Apache. Matthew Broersma reported from London. Read the full story.

By March 20, 2002


Short Take: SGI to port OpenView to Irix OS

Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics signed an agreement for SGI to port HP OpenView Network Node Manager--an enterprise-management framework--to the Silicon Graphics Irix operating system. In addition, Silicon will also resell HP OpenView products and services. SGI will offer HP OpenView for the Irix operating system in January 1998. Prices for the enterprise software will start at $5,000.

August 19, 1997


Short Take: ATI bundles SGI VRML browser

Silicon Graphics' VRML 2.0 browser Cosmo Player will be bundled with upcoming 3D graphics hardware from ATI Technologies. ATI, which makes 3D graphics components, said its products will boost performance of Cosmo Player. The browser works as plug-in for both Navigator and Internet Explorer for Windows and Irix. A Mac version of Cosmo Player is due by summer.

By February 25, 1997