RISC Workstations of the 1990s

Inspired by the amazing collection and blog of Sophie Haskins aka cronmom I’ve been trying to figure out what Workstations I have from the classic RISC Workstation era. I have a couple of them, from the Nextslab all the way to my XP1000. My recently acquired SGI Indigo has also spurred me on. I’ll have more to say about that system and what I’ve been doing to get it up and running with IRIX in another post.

This is just about some research I’ve been doing poking around wikipedia and trying to line up the times (1990s) and the major Workstations that blossomed there in that decade. In the turn of the century two things happened that promulgated the demise of the RISC Workstation: Intel x86 and Linux. Not only were unique silicon architectures ground up by the Intel march forward, but the unique UNIX flavors all started to fall to Linux.

What we had in the 1990s:

  • Ultrix
  • SunOS
  • Tru64
  • Irix
  • HPUX
  • AIX
  • Solaris

Now it’s flavors of Linux.

In order to get my head around some of the prime 1990 Workstations I put together this diagram. IBM and HP had massive numbers of systems durning this decade. Apple and Amiga we on the very edge of Workstations, but Amiga did have AMIX – a System V variant for the 3000 and Apple had AUX on the IIFX.

Workstations 2018 Timeline v1a

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