January 2005 Archives

Alias Releases Maya 6.5; Last IRIX Release

This is it folks - the last Maya release for the IRIX platform. From the Alias website:

Over the past few years, there has been a significant decrease in the number of Maya customers relying on the IRIX operating system for running Maya interactively. As a result, Maya 6.5 will be the last upgrade release for IRIX. Going forward, Alias will concentrate its development of Maya on the remaining platforms, namely Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Alias will however continue to offer support for IRIX as a license-serving platform.

SkyBound has announced the availability of FlightGear v0.9.8 for IRIX:

We are pleased to announce the release of FlightGear v0.9.8.

FlightGear is a free, open-source, multi-platform flight simulator.
It is available for free download from:


FlightGear features:

* Sophisticated and highly tunable flight dynamics engines.
* Aircraft modeling system that supports fully interactive, fully 3d cockpits, sophisticated internal and external animations can be tied to just about any FlightGear variable.
* SRTM based world scenery available for free download.
* Over 20,000 airports modeled around the world.
* Seamless continuous oblate ellipsoid world model.
* Accurate day/night and lighting effects synced to real time.
* Correct sun, moon, star, and planet placement (and correct phase of the moon.)
* Ability to automatically sync with real weather conditions via the internet.
* Flexible, adaptable, interfaceable, open architecture.
* Complete source code licensed under the GPL.
* Ported to many platforms including Windows, Max OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, and sgi.

A summary of the new features, updates, and changes for this release
can be viewed here:



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