February 2003 Archives

IRIXDiVX-0.94 Released

Brandon has released an update to IRIXDiVX. The new version 0.94 fixes several bugs and increases performance; full details are available in the changelog.

Check out the IRIXDiVX Home Page for complete list of changes, features and additional info.

More SGI Boot Logos


Frank Everdij has succeeded in extracting even more boot logos from various SGI EEPROM firmware! In addition to the three logos from last month, he's retrieved images from Fuel, Octane and InfiniteReality. All three have been added to the boot logo tarball archive; the actual images in the archive are much larger than the samples shown above. Very neat stuff.

Mozilla 1.3b Spellchecker XPI Released

SGI has posted a new Spellchecker module for Mozilla 1.3b on their Developer Central Open Source page.

Spellchecker adds spell checking ability to the Mozilla Composer and the Mozilla Mail message composition window, using the MySpell spell checking engine (also used in OpenOffice).

More info on Spellchecker for Mozilla can be found at the official site: http://spellchecker.mozdev.org

Direct download:


New IRIX Tardist: rdesktop-1.2.0

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This evening after reading a post on Usenet from an individual looking for an IRIX binary for rdesktop (a remote desktop protocol client for Windows NT/2000/XP) I decided to create a new tardist for said application.

You can find more information on rdesktop itself on the rdesktop home page.

Finally, here's a screenshot of rdesktop in action to give you idea of what exactly it does for you.

If there are any questions or problems with the package, post a message in the forum and I'll be happy to work with you.

IRIXDiVX-0.93 Released


Today Brandon Corey released the much anticipated update to his native IRIX media player, IRIXDiVX. The new version features many enhancements, including a new interface and support for additional media formats.

Check out the IRIXDiVX Home Page for complete list of changes, features and additional info.

Blender 2.26 Released

After a rather tumultuous year, Blender 2.26 has finally been released! 2.26 is not yet a finished product and some functionality is still missing, but it's great to see Blender alive again after such a long time.

You can grab an IRIX mips4 binary here. Due to an error in compilation, there currently is no mips3 2.26 binary available though one can be built from source if desired. The binary for 2.25 should work with mips3; it's still available from the same download page if you want to give Blender a try.

Compiling gcc-3.2.2 for IRIX


I mentioned this in the forum, but figured it's worth repeating here for those who don't venture there.

I discovered a nasty bug with gcc-3.2.1 (g++/C++ specifically) which made it useless for even those running 6.5.18 and up. Yes, once again an issue with the new header structure; a 'configure' option was left off that generates unresolvable errors during C++ compiles.

gcc-3.2.2 was released earlier this month so I decided to take advantage of the situation and repair my gcc-3.2.1 SGI Freeware version. It was pretty easy to get going once I gleaned the proper 'configure' info from the gcc mailing list.

You can use your existing gcc version to bootstrap 3.2.2 (SGI's 3.2.1 will work for this purpose), or MIPSPro if you have it.

To build under IRIX 6.5.18 and up:

Untar and cd to gcc-3.2.2:

./configure --prefix=/usr/freeware --enable-version-specific-runtime-libs --enable-threads --enable-haifa --disable-c-mbchar --disable-shared

gmake bootstrap

then as root:

gmake install

[Mika:~] neko 105% gcc -v
Reading specs from /usr/freeware/lib/gcc-lib/mips-sgi-irix6.5/3.2.2/specs
Configured with: ./configure --prefix=/usr/freeware --enable-version-specific-runtime-libs --enable-threads --enable-haifa --disable-c-mbchar --disable-shared
Thread model: single
gcc version 3.2.2

To build under IRIX 6.5.17 and below:

Use the same method, just leave off the --disable-c-mbchar switch on the configure line, though leaving it on probably won't hurt anything.

I could package this into a tardist, but of course it would only work with IRIX 6.5.18 and up due to the header differences.

In addition to the beta of Mozilla 1.3b, SGI has released a beta version of Java2 v1.4.1. Information on bug fixes/enhancements for this release plus download information can be found at:


SGI Mozilla 1.3b Released

SGI has posted the new Mozilla 1.3b binaries on their Developer Central Open Source page.

Thanks go to Ian Cumming for the heads up on this one.



Assam Syrix has posted the DVLink 1.1 IEEE1394/Firewire driver kit online for download. Apparently these drivers do not work in 64-bit IRIX environments so they're currently only really useful on an O2; more technical information can be found here.

The hope is that with these drivers and development tools a solution can be found for 64-bit IRIX which would open up low cost video capture for Octane. See this thread for more information.



IRIX 6.5.19 Released


SGI has updated IRIX to version 6.5.19 which is now available for download from SGI's Supportfolio website.

This version includes quite a few improvements, including support for /dev/random, ssh, Macromedia Flash 5, IPv6 and more. A complete list of changes can be found here.

New IRIX Tardists


I've created a couple new tardists at the request of forum members, namely FilmGimp-0.15 and the BitchX-1.0c19 console based ircII client.

You can find out more about each package at their respective home pages, http://filmgimp.sourceforge.net and http://www.bitchx.org.

CinePaint has a few dependencies which rely on SGI Freeware (GTK/GDK); if you currently have SGI's version of GIMP installed you should be set.

GQmpeg 0.20.0 was released a couple of days ago and I've created a new tardist to replace the 0.19.0 version.

Lightwave 5.x plugins for IRIX

Another interesting bit today also comes courtesy Andreas Backhaus and will likely interest Lightwave 5.x abandonware users: this website which contains several IRIX compatible plugins, including standouts such as Inventor, SGI Movie and SGI Cosmo plugins.

If you're interested in setting up a Wacom tablet under IRIX, Andreas Backhaus has written up a great tutorial detailing the process of installing and configuring the necessary drivers. This can be especially useful in today's environment where compatible pre-Intuos tablets are going for so little in the used market.

Abekas Diskus

Sergiu Partenie sent some great images of an Abekas Diskus unit which have been added to the SGI Photo Archive. He's also filled in a couple of missing cover scans in the HotMix/IndyZone gallery.

Quake III Arena 1.17b for IRIX


Assam Syrix has released to the public a beta build of Quake III Arena for IRIX. This binary requires either the demo PAKs or commericial PAKs from the Quake III retail CD as well as the 1.17 Point Release.



NixieClock for IRIX

I came across a blurb concerning this very interesting desktop clock today and just had to post it.

From the website:

This simple little desktop clock displays the current date and time in various time formats (including a custom 'strftime(3)' format) using little icons of actual nixie tube digits. (For those of you into old 1960's vacuum tube display technology)

Amazingly enough, an IRIX binary is available from the NixieClock web site.

This is something I put together a couple of years ago now; I've had a lot of fun with it and figured maybe someone else could use it too.

Festival can be a bit daunting at first to setup and use, but I've already done a lot of the legwork for you in this package. It should work out of the box on any IRIX 6.5 system. I've included the following English voices in the package (these are located in /usr/local/festival/lib/voices/english):

  • don_diphone
  • kal_diphone
  • rab_diphone
  • ked_diphone
  • tll_diphone
  • en1_mbrola
  • us1_mbrola
  • us2_mbrola
  • us3_mbrola
  • You can find the detailed manual at the Festival website.

    Anyway, to quickly get text to speech you would simply perform the following:

    /usr/local/festival/bin/festival --tts myfile

    You can also pipe output to it:

    echo "This is a test of the Festival Speech System." | /usr/local/festival/bin/festival --tts

    To change the voice to something other than the default (rab_diphone), edit /usr/local/festival/lib/siteinit.scm:

    (set! voice_default 'voice_rab_diphone)

    Replace rab_diphone with one of the voices listed above (/usr/local/festival/lib/voices/english). Perhaps you would enjoy a female voice:

    (set! voice_default 'voice_tll_diphone)

    There are some example scripts in /usr/local/festival/examples. Try:


    You can get really fancy and create a /dev/speech device and redirect standard out to it by using the Perl program speechd which works out very nicely for all sorts of fun tasks. The possibilities are endless. Your SGI now has a voice!

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