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:

aalib-1.4rc5
cvs-1.11.5
exif-0.6
flac-1.1.0
foomatic-filters-2.9.1
freetype-2.1.3
gphoto2-2.1.1
libexif-0.5.9
libgphoto2-2.1.1
libmnote-0.5.9
libpng-1.0.15
lynx-2.8.4d
openssl-0.9.6i
php-4.2.3-sgipl1-2
sane-backends-1.0.11
sane-frontends-1.0.10
xpdf-2.01
xsane-0.90

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
replaced.

- 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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