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Support for the Indy started with the ill-fated Indy IRIX 5.1, supporting R4000 with or without cache.

While there are many versions of IRIX which will run on Indy hardware, the three most commonly used versions are IRIX 5.3, IRIX 6.2, and IRIX 6.5.x.

There were many, machine-specific releases of IRIX 5.3, so it is important to verify that a particular IRIX 5.3 cd will work with a particular Indy. The "IRIX 5.3 for Indy including R5000" and the "IRIX 5.3 XFS for Indy including R5000" editions seem to work on all Indys.

  • For individuals who need to execute COFF binaries on their Indys (regardless of the amount of RAM installed in their machines) IRIX 5.3 is the best choice, as IRIX 6.2 and 6.5 do not support COFF binaries.
  • For Indys with less than 32 MB of RAM, IRIX 5.3 is the best choice.
  • For Indys with 32-64 MB of RAM, IRIX 6.2 is the best choice.
  • For Indys with 64 MB of RAM or higher, IRIX 6.5.x is a good choice, particularly on systems with R5000 processors or on machines that have 128 MB of RAM or greater.

The final version of IRIX to support Indy hardware is IRIX 6.5.22.