Time to catch up on a few IRIX related items that have trickled down over the past couple of months:
First up, an IRIX port of Blender 2.42a and it's companion renderer, Yafray 0.0.9 are available. You can now find the IRIX Blender port on the official website (IRIX is back on blender.org after a few months absence) as well as in our own Nekoware distribution. Yafray 0.0.9 is available in Nekoware.
Blender 2.42 incorporates the many enhancements added as a result of Project Orange, and Yafray 0.0.9 is a compatibility update necessary for use with Blender 2.42. Jarndyce911 did an outstanding job porting both of these; definitely check them out if you're at all interested in Blender - this is a significant update.
IRIX 6.5.30 was released in late August and is available to those with a current support contract. New features include additional GRIOv2 features, STK T10000A tape drive support, secure Array Services, support for the recently adopted Daylight Saving Time changes coming in 2007 (per the Uniform Time Act) and more. A complete list of all the changes can be found in Techpubs. Of note - for those using XVM, you'll also want to install Patch 7110 to address an XVM failover initialization problem.
Additional IRIX 6.5.30 discussion can be found in this forum thread.
The latest release of Mozilla Firefox is now available from both foetz (GTK1/GTK2 tarballs) as well as Nekoware (offered in a statically linked GTK1 tardist). 22.214.171.124 offers several security/stability fixes and is a recommended update.
DVD Authoring/Burning Utilities
Forum member and Nekoware developer schleusel has introduced a bevy of utilities for authoring and burning DVDs to Nekoware over the past month:
neko_cdrtools-2.01.01a11.tardist Joerg Schilling's CD/DVD writing tools
neko_xcdroast-0.98alpha15.tardist GUI frontend for the cdrtools
neko_cdrdao-1.2.1.tardist disk-at-once cd-copying/recording tool
neko_dvdauthor-0.6.11.tardist - command line DVD authoring tools
neko_libdvdread-0.9.6.tardist - library for reading DVD-video images
neko_mjpegtools-1.8.0.tardist - tools for MJPEG/MPEG capture/editing/compression
neko_mpgtx-1.3.tardist - command line MPEG audio/video toolbox
neko_dvdplusrw_tools-6.1.tardist DVD mastering tools (does not interfere with neko_cdrtools. It mereley adds some additional tools)
neko_dvdstyler-1.4.tardist wxwindows based GUI frontend for the dirty dozen
neko_x264-0.50.564.tardist - H264/avc encoder
I've personally tried many of these on my Fuel/DM10/Firewire DVD-R with excellent results.