IRIX 6.5 Editions and CD Sets

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There are several official and unofficial terms to describe editions of IRIX 6.5 CD sets.

Core CD Set

SGI product literature, while not entirely consistent, has used the term, "Core," to describe the set of CD-ROMs needed to perform a full, clean installation of IRIX 6.5.x on an empty hard drive. A Core CD set includes a release-specific bootable Installation Tools CD, a set of release-specific Overlays (for versions 6.5.1-6.5.30), Foundation CDs, Development Libraries, and Applications CDs. While this collection of CDs is sometimes called a "Full" set, it is not a completely accurate statement, as commercially sold IRIX CD sets generally included additional documentation CDs, demo CDs, and other bundled software.

Core CD sets are sometimes called "Base" CD sets, although they may better be thought of as a combination of a set of Base CDs and a set of Overlay CDs. Meanwhile, some individuals consider a Base set to be the core set of 6.5 CDs released in June 1998. In any case, "Base" is not an official SGI term for IRIX CD sets.

Core CD-ROMS

"Base" IRIX CDs:

  • IRIX 6.5 Foundation 1 CD, June 98 (commonly known as "Foundation 1")
  • IRIX 6.5 Foundation 2 CD, June 98 (commonly known as "Foundation 2")
  • IRIX 6.5 Development Foundation CD, June 98 (commonly known as "Development Foundation")
  • IRIX 6.5 Development Libraries CD (Three versions, depending on IRIX release number):
    • IRIX 6.5.0 through 6.5.15: IRIX 6.5 Development Libraries CD June 1998
    • IRIX 6.5.16 through 6.5.18: IRIX 6.5 Development Libraries CD February 2002
    • IRIX 6.5.19 through 6.5.30: IRIX 6.5 Development Libraries CD February 2003

Release-specific "Overlay" IRIX CDs

  • IRIX 6.5.x Installation Tools and Overlays CD(s)
  • IRIX 6.5.x Applications
  • IRIX 6.5.x Complementary Applications (for IRIX versions 6.5.22-6.5.30)

Overlay CD Set

Overlay CD sets were released strictly as update packages. They are insufficient for performing a clean installation of IRIX on a blank hard drive.

"Overlay" IRIX CDs

  • IRIX 6.5.x Installation Tools and Overlays CD(s)
  • IRIX 6.5.x Applications
  • IRIX 6.5.x Complementary Applications (for IRIX versions 6.5.22-6.5.30)

Server and Workstation Environments

In general, purchasers of Core IRIX CD sets from SGI had to buy them as parts of larger software bundles. The bundles included both SGI-branded software and third party software, and were geared towards either workstations or servers. Since IRIX 6.5 licenses are generally tied to a particular machine, SGI would sell whichever bundle was appropriate to a particular machine. Owners of server systems were sold the "Advanced Server Environment" ("ASE"), while workstation owners could purchase the "Advanced Workstation Environment" (AWE). For example, an Indy would get the AWE, while the very similar Challenge S would get the ASE. Since the core IRIX CDs in both environments are the same, technically you can use the core CDs from an ASE bundle to install IRIX on a workstation, and likewise, you can use the core CDs from the AWE bundle to install IRIX on a server.

As some of the software was licensed from third parties, the specific software included in AWE and ASE changed over time.

Advanced Server Environment

In addition to the Core CDs, the Advanced Server Environment included the following (at times):

  • IRIX 6.5 Base Documentation June 1998
  • ONC3/NFS Version 3 for IRIX 6.2 - 6.5
  • EnlightenDSM Basic Server
  • Computer Associates® Unicenter TNG Framework
  • SNMP Access to HP-UX MIB 1.1.2 for IRIX 6.2 - 6.5
  • HP OpenView
  • Database Accelerator (DBA) 3.0
  • SGI/Cray Scientific Library

Advanced Workstation Environment

In addition to the Core CDs, the Advanced Workstation Environment included the following (at times):

  • IRIX 6.5 Base Documentation June 1998
  • ONC3/NFS Version 3 for IRIX 6.2 - 6.5
  • EnlightenDSM Basic Client
  • SNMP Access to HP-UX MIB 1.1.2 for IRIX 6.2 - 6.5
  • SGI/Cray Scientific Library