SGI workstation sequence
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 05:02:02 CDT 2007
On 10/23/07, jvdg at sparcpark.net <jvdg at sparcpark.net> wrote:
> Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> > David Griffith wrote:
> >>> I think it goes like this, someone please correct me if I'm wrong:
> >>> 1992 Indigo^2
> >>> 1993 Indy
> More or less. Besides that, the Indigo2 and Indy represent a split in the low-end line, both being offspring of the Indigo, with O2 being Indy's successor and Octane being Indigo2's successor.
I've had some interest, off and on, of fiddling with some SGI
hardware. I really wanted an Indy when they came out, but couldn't
come close to affording it (I ended up buying a SPARC 1 for $800 the
following year, and many, many job opportunities and good things came
from that). I did get to fiddle with an Indigo^2 in the mid-1990s,
during the Virtual Reality bubble, but couldn't afford one of those at
the time, either.
I had the chance to pick up a discarded Indy about 4 years ago, but by
the time I returned with wheels, someone else had carted it away.
Given the descendent machines in the family tree in this thread, I'm
beginning to wonder if I shouldn't go after an Octane or an O2 rather
than an Indigo or an Indy, at least if I wanted to do more than take
the demo programs for a spin.
So for the more experienced SGI folks - do you feel that an Indy or
Indigo is responsive enough to be reasonable to use, or is it worth
holding out for something newer and most likely more expensive to
acquire? Also, something I don't know much about, do the older
personal graphic workstations use odd or impossible-to-find memory, or
are they easy/cheap to load up?
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