August 2003 Archives


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Ian Charles wrote in with this great tip on an SSL FTP client for IRIX:

Hey nekochan,

I found this looking for some other software:

Its an SSL capable FTP client, and apparently they have irix builds
available. I haven't checked it out personally, but maybe other people
might be interested?


I checked out the website and there are indeed IRIX binary tarballs available for download.

Software Updates

A couple new tardists from semi-fly today - APG 2.1.0 and the Zinx XMMS visualization plugin suite.

APG (Automated Password Generator) is of course a password generator, but with quite an interesting array of features.

The Zinx package includes three plugins authored by Zinx Verituse, including Bump Scope, Synaesthesia and TV Scope. More information and screenshots of the plugins in action can be found on Zinx Verituse's site.


APG 2.1.0 (tardist) - 200K
Zinx XMMS Vis Plugins (tardist) - 1MB

New IRIX Tardist: glTron-0.62

squeen comes through again with another quality game tardist - glTron 0.62!

What is it? "Well, as the name suggests, it's inspired by the movie TRON. Or more exactly, by all the games that where inspired by the movie TRON. You steer a futuristic bike, called lightcycle. Combat takes place in a rectangular arena. Your bike leaves a trail behind, which is like a wall. The goal is to force the other players to drive into a wall. The winner is the last player alive. "

More information on glTron can be found on the project web site.

As always, have fun!

Note: Audio apparently does not work in this release. More information can be found in this forum thread.


glTron-0.62 (tardist) - 3.8MB

SGI Demoscene

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This just in from Markku Reunanen:


Thanks for the nice SGI site, it's really useful! I'd like to inform you about a couple of demos that our group has made or ported to SGI.

Our own prods:

Ported by us:

In practice all of them require at least R10k to be enjoyable. Some like texturing hardware as well. For compilation GCC, SDL and gmake.

The winner of Assembly'03 4k intro competition, now for IRIX/mips4:

Not even near 4k any more, but the second working version anyway ;v)
The original was for Linux.

# Markku Reunanen #

I haven't had a chance to look at these myself, but they sound very interesting - I plan on checking them out as soon as I can!

IRIX 6.5.21 Released


Today SGI released IRIX 6.5.21 . Be sure to install patch #5086 if you want to perform a live upgrade of previous 6.5.x installs. Miniroot installs do not need this patch.

Update: It seems that 6.5.20 live install doesn't need the patch. IRIX'es <=6.5.19 still do.

Abuse-SDL 0.7.0

Nicolas put together a binary for the open source version of Abuse last week, but I'd forgotten about it until this evening.

Abuse is a side scrolling action game originally released by Crack Dot Com back in 1995. The tardist contains the full version of the game from the Abuse-SDL website as well as source code (optional install). I've found the audio in this build to be a bit rough, but other than that it seems okay.

Update: Nicolas recommends setting the following environment variable to address the sound quality issue:


There's a surprisingly active Abuse forum at which is worth looking at.


Abuse-SDL 0.7.0-mips4 (tardist) - 3.9MB

basemetal's XMMS Plugins

New tardist from semi-fly today - a nice collection of XMMS visualization plugins by basemetal.

The tardist contains binaries and source for Dual Spectralizer, Dual Spectrogram, Dual Scope and Dual Flowers. All four plugins support custom skins.


basemetal XMMS Vis Plugins (tardist) - 440KB

New IRIX Tardist: CinePaint 0.18-1

At last, the first usable version of CinePaint since conversion started from the FilmGimp code base earlier this year! (Pre 0.18-1 *nix CinePaint code was so broken it was Windows-only.) There are still quite a number of gotchas in this release, but all of them are also present on any *nix system thus not unique to IRIX.

Here are the release notes culled from the source package, which gives an idea of what works and what doesn't in this build:

"Release Name: cinepaint-0.18

Notes: 0.18-1 Release: Fixes autoconf misconfiguration that caused non-Intel builds to fail for missing libcinepainti.a (which was removed in 0.18). Fixes for home directory install bug on some earlier versions of Windows. Wilber gone. Replaced with temporary CP icon. 0.18 Release: This release focused on fixing problems on Linux and the final integration with the Windows branch. Although the code is now completely in sync and builds on *nix and Win32, the Windows version is broken due to an unresolved bug somewhere in the file loading plug-ins. Windows users will have to wait for 0.18-1. What's new for Linux users: - BMP files plug-in (unstable) - SoftImage PIC files plug-in - Guash thumbnail browser (unstable) - UserFilter plug-in (unstable) What's new for developers - PICL, the Plug-In Compatibility Layer - GIMP plug-ins are much easier to trick into building The libgimp directory contains the GIMP PICL shims - Experimental effort at building ImageMagick plug-ins The magick directory contains the incomplete Magick shims In plug-ins/pnm is an unmodified Magick plug-in that compiles but doesn't link due to incomplete shims. Broken, but in the tarball: - PyGimp (significant breakage) - Gfig (some breakage) - Script-Fu (disabled due to gcc 3.3 bug noted in tracker) This is the last of the transition releases from Film Gimp to CinePaint. Many hundreds of compile-time warnings were fixed and the app code was reorganized into a subdirectory separating the code that touches bit-depth. The libcinepaint directory is now just lib. The autoconf files were overhauled but more work is needed there. Helper scripts were added: and clean-up scripts. Please pardon our construction dust. We're going to settle back to incremental improvements and increasing stability."

If you're willing to play around with this release, here is the product of a late night compile session:


CinePaint 0.18-1-MIPS4 (tardist) - 16MB

Software Updates

A couple new reader-contributed packages for today. The first comes courtesy of semi-fly; aee, which is in the words of the author "an easy to use text editor intended to be usable with little or no instruction."

Next up is the streaming proxy companion package for Darwin Streaming Server 4.1.3 contributed by nvukovlj. I'd meant to post this alongside Darwin Streaming Server last week but completely forgot about it.

Finally, I've updated the MIPS4 ScummVM tardist to the latest 0.5.1 bugfix release as announced yesterday. This release primarily addresses Beneath A Steel Sky bugs and is a recommended upgrade for all users.


aee 2.2.1b-MIPS3 (tardist) - 690KB
Darwin Streaming Proxy 4.1.3-MIPS4 (archive) - 50.8KB
ScummVM 0.5.1-MIPS4 (tardist) - 2.6MB

ScummVM 0.5.0 (static, n32, mips3)

Earlier today, Marcus Herbert announced in the forum the immediate availability of a static MIPS3 build of ScummVM 0.5.0:

Hi, o'thoh theres that mips4 tardist available i thought there might be an interest in a single static binary (depending only on system libs) that even includes libmad and is mips3 (for the lower end machines). Well.. here it is.

Once again, I recommend grabbing Beneath A Steel Sky. Lots of fun!

SGI Freeware August 2003 Posted


SGI has posted the August 2003 Freeware archive online with lots of new content and updates. You can check it out at the usual place:

Blender 2.28 Released

Blender 2.28 has been released!

Check out the press release for a complete list of the fixes/changes (tons of new features and fixes in this one)!

A mips4 IRIX binary can be downloaded here:

More Games For August


Lots of interesting software in today's update; always a great way to kick off a new month!

ScummVM 0.5.1

Slashdot readers may have caught the recent article announcing the release of ScummVM-0.5.0. Probably the best part of the announcement was the news that Revolution Software has helped to bring support for their classic title Beneath a Steel Sky and released it as freeware.

I quickly threw an IRIX build together and logged a few hours playing it immediately afterward. Great stuff!

Grab the tardist here:

ScummVM 0.5.1-MIPS4 (tardist) - 2.6MB

Now proceed to the ScummVM Home Page and download Beneath a Steel Sky. Enjoy! (Oh, and ScummVM will play other games too, but you'll have to provide the data files).

August 5th: New tardist added that removes libmad.
August 9th: Tardist updated to ScummVM-0.5.1 bugfix release.

TQ (Tranquility)

Marcus Herbert just announced on the forum the release of an IRIX 6.5 version of the classic TQ game!


i always had an old installation of IRIX 5.3 around just to be able to play one of my favourite games: TQ (which was only available as a COFF binary). Some day i asked Bill Romanowski (the author of the software) for the sources and gladly he gave them to me.

The source is written in C and uses GL for its (wireframe and solids) graphics. You only need a small machine to be able to run it (i have an Indy for that purpose).

Due to some bug in GL the game spills out a core when you leave it - i try to fix that. Another thing is the speed of the gameplay. While it fits fine on the Indy here it might be way too fast on an ONYX2. I will try to fix that too .

Here is a screenshot of the game.

And here is the link to the binary.

For those that don't know TQ: the aim of the game is to reach higher levels. You can do so by jumping into a vertex (those round shaped pulsing things) from above. So all you have to do is to jump from one rectangular platform to another to gain height and then jump into the vertexes.

My current HighScore is: Knight of the Phoenix 4th Plane

Have fun!"


Also announced on the forum today is the latest and greatest version of lisp's excellent game Encrusted:

"Ok, the "alpha" tardist, as it were, has been replaced with a beta. New features:

* Weird error on exit! Ignore it.

More seriously:

* Better synchronised sound.
* Bug fixes to game logic.

I use Allegro and AllegGL, slightly customised (the updated, better syncing sound driver should be incorporated into Allegro soon). This has the effect of stopping the window from being resized.

Plans include:
* Tweaking sound (give me feedback, people)
* Adding highscore board, etc.
* Making jewels shatter into particles."

Nebulus 0.5.0 XMMS Visualization Plugin

Next up is another visualization plugin for XMMS brought to my attention via semi-fly - Nebulus, a visually stunning OpenGL based plugin. Nebulus requires texture memory to achieve best performance; at the default window size I'm averaging between 30-60 frames per second on my Octane 360/MXE so if you have TRAM this is worth a look.


Nebulus 0.5.0-MIPS4 (tardist) - 920KB

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