March 2003 Archives

OpenOffice for IRIX Released


After nearly two years of development, OpenOffice can now be successfully compiled for IRIX!

From the official site: now runs on IRIX!

We currently have (1.0.1, and OOO_STABLE_1) working on IRIX. The working version has a small hack to get it going, but we are working towards a solution for the problem. Check the build instructions section for how to build it yourself. is both an Open Source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.

Available in 25 languages with more being constantly added by the community. runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.

Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source. And, because the file format for is XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.

See the IRIX Porting Site for more information. Hopefully a binary package will be available shortly.

Site Updates

SGI news has been rather slow over the past few days, I apologize for the lack of updates as a result. However, the last couple of weeks have seen a few additions to the Gallery pages, particularly in the Hardware and Guest Galleries. Be sure to give them a look!

The forums have also been going strong over the past couple of months, and several of our forum regulars can also be found hanging out on our IRC channel #nekochan @ ... stop in and say hi sometime.

Samba 2.2.8 Security Update

I know this is a popular piece of software and I'm sure a lot of SGI users are running it ... be aware that there is a serious security hole in versions below 2.2.8.

SGI has posted a beta tardist online:

There is also a tardist available direct from

I'm uncertain what differences, if any any, exist between the two distributions.

(14th Mar, 2003) Security Release - Samba 2.2.8

A flaw has been detected in the Samba main smbd code which could allow an external attacker to remotely and anonymously gain Super User (root) privileges on a server running a Samba server. This flaw exists in previous versions of Samba from 2.0.x to 2.2.7a inclusive. This is a serious problem and all sites should either upgrade to Samba 2.2.8 immediately or prohibit access to TCP ports 139 and 445.

See for more details.

SGI Beta Updates


Note: These packages are now available in final release as part of the May 2003 Freeware distribution.

This week has seen the addition of two new packages so far:


There is a staggering number of beta packages currently amassed at right now ... much more than I've ever seen at one time before. The next Freeware distribution looks like it's shaping up to be a big one.

Beta GCC-3.2.2

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Note: These packages are now available in final release as part of the May 2003 Freeware distribution.

SGI posted the following new packages to the Beta Freeware site this past week:


There were many problems associated with SGI's GCC-3.2.1 package; I'm fairly certain this new tardist addresses those issues. Give it a try and let me know.

More Beta Freeware

Note: These packages are now available in final release as part of the May 2003 Freeware distribution.

Even more beta freeware on the SGI Beta Freeware site this week; in addition to the titles from last week, the following packages have been added:


New IRIX Tardist: filmGIMP-0.16

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I put together a package for the latest release of filmGIMP this evening, version 0.16. I haven't done much testing of this package so if it behaves poorly you can still download the previous 0.15 tardist which seemed pretty stable to me.

SGI has posted free downloads of two packages previously available only via the IRIX 6.5.19f update - the long awaited Macromedia Flash 5 web browser plug-in and Netscape Communicator 4.8.

Note that Netscape is not required for Flash ... the plug-in works perfectly with Mozilla, including the 1.3b release.

Get them here:

Beta Freeware

Note: These packages are now available in final release as part of the May 2003 Freeware distribution.

While checking the beta SGI Freeware site, I noticed quite a bit of activity there at the moment. The following software is currently available for testing:


Keep in mind everything above is beta; the README on that page says it best:

This directory contains beta-test images that might (or might not) be ready for public consumption. Like all beta-test packages they have a few things in common:

- There are no release notes. We add relnotes to packages during the
final release process, so if you upgrade using one of these packages
you'll find that the older package relnotes are still on your
system. When you upgrade to the final released images they will get

- These packages are not necessarily in their final form. We may
re-release them several times during the quarter, and make no
pretense that we'll maintain compatibility between the various
snapshots. Packages may come and go without warning.

- We have not done as much testing as usual. You may find that these
packages fail in spectacular ways, having missing or inconsistent
prereqs, etc. Please send mail to with any
problems you encounter.

- Installing these packages voids your service contract. Well, not
really, but you should have got the message by now that installing
these is riskier than installing a released package.

If you install any of these packages it's probably best to completely
remove it before installing the released versions, rather than doing
an upgrade.

And, as always, don't call SGI Customer Support with questions. Send
mail to the freeware mailing list instead.

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