SGI Misc Frequently Asked Questions

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From: sgi-faq@viz.tamu.edu (The SGI FAQ group)
Subject: SGI misc Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Newsgroups: comp.sys.sgi.misc,comp.answers,news.answers
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Organization: Visualization Lab, Texas A&M University

Archive-name: sgi/faq/misc
Last-modified: Fri Apr  6  1:00:03 CDT 2001
Posting-Frequency: Twice monthly
URL: http://www-viz.tamu.edu/~sgi-faq/

    SGI misc Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is one of the Silicon Graphics FAQ series, which consists of:

    SGI admin FAQ - IRIX system administration
    SGI apps FAQ - Applications and miscellaneous programming
    SGI audio FAQ - Audio applications and programming
    SGI diffs FAQ - Changes to the other FAQs since the last posting
    SGI graphics FAQ - Graphics and user environment customization
    SGI hardware FAQ - Hardware
    SGI impressario FAQ - IRIS Impressario
    SGI inventor FAQ - IRIS Inventor
    SGI misc FAQ - Introduction & miscellaneous information
    SGI movie FAQ - Movies
    SGI performer FAQ - IRIS Performer
    SGI pointer FAQ - Pointer to the other FAQs
    SGI security FAQ - IRIX security

Read the misc FAQ for information about the FAQs themselves. Each FAQ is
posted to comp.sys.sgi.misc and to the news.answers and comp.answers
newsgroups (whose purpose is to store FAQs) twice per month. If you
can't find one of the FAQs with your news program, you can get it from

    ftp://viz.tamu.edu/pub/sgi/faq/
    ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/sgi/faq/

(rtfm.mit.edu is home to many other FAQs and informational documents,
and is a good place to look if you can't find an answer here.) The FAQs
are on the World Wide Web at

    http://www-viz.tamu.edu/~sgi-faq/

If you can't use FTP or WWW, send mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with
the word 'help' on a line by itself in the text, and it will send you a
document describing how to get files from rtfm.mit.edu by mail. Send the
command 'send usenet/news.answers/sgi/faq/misc' to get the SGI misc FAQ,
and similarly for the other FAQs. Send the command 'send
usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email' to get the
"Accessing the Internet by E-Mail FAQ".

You may distribute the SGI FAQs freely and we encourage you to do so.
However, you must keep them intact, including headers and this notice,
and you must not charge for or profit from them. Contact us for other
arrangements. We can't be responsible for copies of the SGI FAQs at
sites which we do not control, and copies published on paper or CD-ROM
are certain to be out of date. The contents are accurate as far as we
know, but the usual disclaimers apply. Send additions and changes to
sgi-faq@viz.tamu.edu.

Topics covered in this FAQ:
---------------------------
   -1- How can I quickly find the information I want in the SGI FAQs?
   -2- What about the SGI FAQs and the World Wide Web?
   -3- With what version(s) of IRIX do the SGI FAQs deal?
   -4- What about material which doesn't fit in the FAQs?
   -5- What are the comp.sys.sgi.* newsgroups?
   -6- What about comp.sys.sgi.marketplace?
   -7- Are the SGI newsgroups archived?
   -8- What are some related newsgroups?
   -9- What are the info-iris-* mailing lists?
  -10- What are some related mailing lists?
  -11- What are some related WWW pages?
  -12- What are some related network-accessible documents?
  -13- What number do I call for information about SGI products?
  -14- What number do I call for technical support from SGI?
  -15- What about SGI-related publications?
  -16- What is the current release of ...
  -17- What is the current release of IRIX for my machine?
  -18- When will the next release(s) of IRIX be out?
  -19- How can I get lists of known bugs, lists of patches, and/or the
       patches themselves?
  -20- What's the best newsgroup in which to complain to SGI?
  -21- Wouldn't Nextstep be great on SGIs?
  -22- Can I run Windows NT on my Indigo or Indy?
  -23- Credits

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Subject:    -1- How can I quickly find the information I want in the SGI
                FAQs?
Date: 11 Feb 1995 00:00:01 EST

  - The FAQs follow the RFC1153 recommendations for message digests and
    thus can be viewed easily with newsreaders that understand message
    digests.

  - Each question has a Subject: line, so you can easily step through
    the answers with rn's ^G command.

  - Each question is marked with a "dash number dash" so that you can
    find any answer with a simple search pattern.

  - Questions marked with a '+' in the subject line are new this
    posting; those marked with a '!' have significant new content since
    the last posting. Similarly, '+' and '!' in the left margin mark
    added or changed text. Questions marked with a '-' in the subject
    line will be removed in the next edition or so unless someone
    convinces us otherwise.

  - Don't forget about text searching!  There's an excellent chance the
    information you want is in the FAQs, but not obvious from the table
    of contents.  Every file viewer, editor and WWW browser has a way of
    finding arbitrary text in a file.

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Subject:    -2- What about the SGI FAQs and the World Wide Web?
Date: 04 May 1996 00:00:01 EST

  The SGI FAQs are on the World Wide Web in hypertext form at
  http://www-viz.tamu.edu/~sgi-faq/.  The hypertext version (as well as
  the plain text) may be FTPed from ftp://viz.tamu.edu/pub/sgi/faq/ for
  offline reading. You can also get the FAQ source from the same place
  and build the hypertext yourself.

  There are several archives of FAQs from news.answers converted to
  hypertext, including the SGI FAQs, listed at
  http://www.jazzie.com/ii/internet/faqs.html, and some mirrors of
  just the SGI FAQs:

      http://reality.sgi.com/employees/jm/sgi-faq.html/
      http://www.sgi.com/Archive/FAQs/ (and at www.sgi.com's mirrors)

  Anyone is welcome to set up their own mirror, public or not.  Please
  note that the SGI FAQ group does not administer any of these sites, so
  we can't guarantee that any of them are complete or up-to-date.

  You can read the hypertext SGI FAQs with any WWW browser, e.g. Mosaic
  (which you can get from ftp://ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Web/Mosaic/), Netscape
  (ftp://ftp.netscape.com/netscape/unix/ for the generic version or
  http://www.sgi.com/Products/Evaluation/netscape/page1.html for the
  custom SGI version) or, for text terminals, Lynx
  (ftp://ftp2.cc.ukans.edu/pub/WWW/lynx/). A Mosaic binary for IRIX
  4.0.x, including WAIS support, is in IBD's SGI collection; see below
  under "WWW pages".

  Some types of references in the SGI FAQs are formatted so that our
  hypertext conversion software (and perhaps others') recognizes them
  and turns them into links:

  - References to Internet services are written as URLs.
    ('protocol://site/path/file'). If you're reading the SGI FAQs as
    plain text, you can paste URLs into your browser. If you're not
    using a WWW browser and you want to access an FTP URL
    ('ftp://site/path/file'), just do 'ftp site', 'cd /path' and 'get
    file' as usual to get a file.  References to directories end with
    slashes so you know what you're getting into.  Some FTP servers are
    incompatible with some WWW browsers; use 'ftp' or another browser.
    At this writing viz.tamu.edu does not accept FTP connections from
    Netscape; use 'ftp', Mosaic or lynx.

  - Manpages are written 'foo(1)' in the traditional Unix manner and
    linked to the "uman" database of IRIX manpages at
    http://reality.sgi.com/cgi-bin/uman.

  - Internet RFCs ("Requests for Comment") are written 'RFC####' and
    linked to the collection of RFCs at http://ds.internic.net/rfc/.

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Subject:    -3- With what version(s) of IRIX do the SGI FAQs deal?
Date: 13 Jul 1996 00:00:01 EST

  Unless otherwise specified, the FAQs discuss IRIX 5.2 or later. A few
  entries deal with IRIX 3.x and 4.x, and they should all say so.
  Versions of IRIX 5 before 5.2 are rarely discussed because everyone
  should have upgraded by now. IRIX 6.x is not covered as well as it
  should be, but since 6.0.1 is based on 5.2 and 6.1 is based on 5.3,
  discussions of problems with 5.2 and 5.3 are often relevant to 6.0.1
  and 6.1 respectively.

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Subject:    -4- What about material which doesn't fit in the FAQs?
Date: 13 Feb 1995 00:00:01 EST

  Entries in the FAQs should be relatively short and genuinely
  "frequently asked". Some material which is of less general interest
  or which is too long is archived at ftp://viz.tamu.edu/pub/sgi/. If
  information you're looking for isn't in the FAQs, look there.  The
  FAQs may direct you there as well.  You can submit material to that
  archive just as you can an FAQ: mail it to sgi-faq@viz.tamu.edu, or
  put it in ftp://viz.tamu.edu/incoming/ and let us know by mail. If
  you have a lot, perhaps it should be its own FAQ. If you like we can
  post your SGI-related FAQ for you.

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Subject:    -5- What are the comp.sys.sgi.* newsgroups?
Date: 04 May 1996 00:00:01 EST

  The active SGI newsgroups are

    comp.sys.sgi.announce	Announcements for the SGI community.
				(Moderated)
    comp.sys.sgi.admin		System administration on Silicon
				Graphics' Irises.
    comp.sys.sgi.apps		Applications which run on the Iris.
    comp.sys.sgi.audio		Audio on SGI systems.
    comp.sys.sgi.bugs		Bugs found in the IRIX operating system.
    comp.sys.sgi.graphics	Graphics packages and issues on SGI
				machines.
    comp.sys.sgi.hardware	Base systems and peripherals for Iris
				computers.
    comp.sys.sgi.marketplace	SGI-specific for sale, wanted and jobs.
    comp.sys.sgi.misc		General discussion about SGI's machines.

  The original comp.sys.sgi newsgroup is obsolete. Please don't post to
  it, so the rest of us won't miss anything.

  To submit an article for posting in comp.sys.sgi.announce, post it as
  you would to any newsgroup. If you absolutely can't post, send mail to
  sgi-announce@ornl.gov. Related business (anything other than an actual
  post) goes to sgi-announce-request@ornl.gov. The addresses
  comp-sys-sgi-announce@uunet.uu.net and
  comp-sys-sgi-announce-request@uunet.uu.net may also work. A
  not-guaranteed-to-be-up-to-date copy of the moderation policy is at
  ftp://viz.tamu.edu/pub/sgi/misc/announce-policy.

  Each of these newsgroups is also a mailing list; see below.

  Historians may find the newsgroup charters, which are archived in
  ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/news.announce.newgroups/comp/, of interest.

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Subject:    -6- What about comp.sys.sgi.marketplace?
Date: 06 Apr 1996 00:00:01 EST

  comp.sys.sgi.marketplace is an unmoderated group for "for sale",
  "wanted to buy" and jobs offered/sought postings specific to Silicon
  Graphics computers. Commercial and/or continuing advertising, and
  postings about non-SGI-specific equipment, services and jobs, are not
  welcome.

  The Usenet Marketplace FAQ (at
  ftp://ftp.phoenix.net/pub/USERS/lildan/FAQ/ and
  http://www.phoenix.net/~lildan/FAQ/) discusses the misc.forsale.* and
  biz.marketplace.* newsgroups, and has plenty of good advice which
  applies equally well to comp.sys.sgi.marketplace. Here's some of the
  most important:

  - Like misc.forsale.*, comp.sys.sgi.marketplace is restricted to
    individual (one-time) transactions.

  - Use key words in your subject lines to clearly mark for sale ("FS",
    "FORSALE" or "FORSALE"), wanted ("WTB" or "WANTED") and jobs
    offered ("JOB") postings.

  - Limit your post's distribution to areas in which it will be of
    interest by putting a distribution keyword (e.g. "usa" for the
    United States) in your Distribution: header.

  - Cancel your post when it has accomplished its purpose to save
    yourself many wasted replies.

  - You're welcome to crosspost to both comp.sys.sgi.marketplace and the
    appropriate misc.forsale.* or misc.jobs.* group. However, be sure
    that you crosspost (specify the groups to which you're posting on
    the Newsgroups: line of a single post) rather than posting
    separately to each group.

  - Do NOT post or crosspost marketplace posts to comp.sys.sgi.hardware!

  There is not yet an info-iris-marketplace mailing list.

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Subject:    -7- Are the SGI newsgroups archived?
Date: Wed Sep 22 16:31:25 CDT 1999

  Archives of the info-iris mailing list (see below) from 1986 to 1990
  are at ftp://ftp.brl.mil/info-iris/.

  Archives of the SGI newsgroups from 1988 (when there was only
  comp.sys.sgi) to the present are at ftp://ftp.sgi.com/comp.sys.sgi/.
  Archives of comp.sys.mips from 1993 to the present are nearby in
  ftp://ftp.sgi.com/comp.sys.mips/.

  Archives of the SGI newsgroups, from 1988 to the present,
  comp.sys.mips and several other groups are at
  http://hornet.mmg.uci.edu/~hjm/projects/sgi.wais.html. They may be
  SEARCHED with any WWW client (no built-in WAIS support or WAIS proxy
  needed) or native WAIS client.

  Archives of the SGI newsgroups from 1988 to the present are at
  http://www.dejanews.com/dnquery.xp?QRY=comp.sys.sgi&DBS=2&maxhits=25
  They may be SEARCHED with any WWW client.

  Thanks to these services, just posting something goes a long way
  toward making it available to everyone, even after it expires.  Always
  post a summary of the answers to a question you ask!

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Subject:    -8- What are some related newsgroups?
Date: 02 Mar 1996 00:00:01 EST

  comp.graphics.*, particularly

    comp.graphics.api.inventor
      Object-oriented 3D graphics in Inventor.
    comp.graphics.api.opengl
      The OpenGL 3D application programming interface.
    comp.graphics.apps.*

  comp.mail.zmail
    The various Z-Mail products and their configurability.
  comp.sys.mips
    Systems based on MIPS chips.
  comp.windows.x.*
  comp.unix.*

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Subject:    -9- What are the info-iris-* mailing lists?
Date: 18 Mar 1996 00:00:01 EST

  The info-iris mailing list began in 1986. It was originally hosted at
  Stanford and moved to the Ballistic Research Laboratory (now the Army
  Research Laboratory) in 1987. It was gated to the Usenet newsgroup
  comp.sys.sgi in 1988. It split in parallel with comp.sys.sgi in 1992.

  The info-iris-* mailing lists are still available for those who can't
  get news (or who just prefer mail).  To subscribe or unsubscribe, send
  mail to info-iris-request@arl.mil (Chuck Kennedy, aka
  <kermit@arl.mil>). Chuck is a human, not an automated mail server, so
  be patient.  To post an article, mail it to one or more of the
  following addresses:

      info-iris-admin@arl.mil
      info-iris-announce@arl.mil
      info-iris-apps@arl.mil
      info-iris-audio@arl.mil
      info-iris-bugs@arl.mil
      info-iris-graphics@arl.mil
      info-iris-hardware@arl.mil
      info-iris-misc@arl.mil

  There is not yet an info-iris-marketplace mailing list.

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Subject:   -10- What are some related mailing lists?
Date: 24 Aug 1996 00:00:01 EST

  "Contact" addresses are humans. If a list has instructions on how "To
  subscribe", please use them instead of bothering the human.

  IRIS On-Line
  SGI's monthly news magazine
  To subscribe, send mail to majordomo@sgigate.sgi.com containing only
    the line 'subscribe iris-on-line' in the body
  See also below under "SGI-related publications"

  SGI large users discussion list
  For discussion of SGI systems with 1000 or more users
  Contact Philip Smith <owner-sgilarge@uwindsor.ca>; please state the
    type of system you are using and the approximate number of users.

  Indigo home users mailing list
  For people who use Indigos, Indys, etc. at home
  Contact indigo-home-request@world.std.com or Tim Hall
    <tjh@world.std.com>

  Performer mailing list
  Contact info-performer-request@sgi.com

  Iris 2000 & 3000 systems list (for old SGI models, not MIPS chips)
  Contact Jonathan Levine <jonathan@canuck.com>.
  See also below under "network-accessible documents".

  Biosym/Insight mailing list
  For users of Biosym Technologies software [many of whom use SGIs].
  Contact dibug-request@comp.bioz.unibas.ch (Reinhard Doelz)

  HylaFAX (formerly FlexFAX) mailing lists
  For users of the free HylaFAX fax software
  To subscribe, send mail to flexfax-request@sgi.com or
    flexfax-announce-request@engr.sgi.com containing only the line
    'subscribe' in the body
  Contact Sam Leffler <sam@engr.sgi.com>
  FTP back issues from ftp://ftp.sgi.com/sgi/fax/archives/
  See also below under "What are some related WWW pages?".

  ImageVision Library users' group mailing list
  To subscribe, send mail to mail ilug-request@sgi.com containing only
    the line 'subscribe' in the body
  Contact SGI's TAC by phone, 1-800-800-4744

  Alias software users' group mailing list
  To subscribe, send mail to LISTSERV@uga.cc.uga.edu containing only
    the line 'subscribe alias-l' in the body.
  Contact Steve Follin <sfollin@VISEF.UCNS.UGA.EDU>

  ElectroGIG users' mailing list
  To subscribe, send mail to majordomo@phxmedia.com containing only the
    line 'subscribe gig-l [you@yourhost.yourdomain]' in the body.
  Contact Jay Vaughan <jay@phxmedia.com>

  ViewKit mailing list
  To subscribe, send mail to viewkit-talk-request@ics.com containing
    only the word 'subscribe' in the body.
  Contact Aub Harden <harden@ics.com>

  sgi-all mailing list
  For UK SGI users
  To subscribe, send mail to mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk containing only
    the line 'Join sgi-all firstname(s) lastname' in the body.
  See http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists-p-t/sgi-all/

  sgi-systems mailing list
  For UK SGI administrators
  To subscribe, send mail to mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk containing only
    the line 'Join sgi-systems firstname(s) lastname' in the body.
  See http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists-p-t/sgi-systems/

  Interactive Effects (Amazon) software users' mailing list
  To subscribe, send mail to Majordomo@irc.umbc.edu containing only
    the line 'subscribe amazon' in the body.

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Subject:   -11- What are some related WWW pages?
Date: Fri May 26 14:56:48 CDT 2000

  SGI and subsidiaries:

      Silicon Surf (SGI's WWW servers)
          http://www.sgi.com/
          http://www.sgi.com/Misc/world-sites.html lists Silicon Surf's
	    international mirrors and support sites
          http://www.sgi.de/
          http://techpubs.sgi.com/
      Alias/Wavefront
          http://www.aliaswavefront.com/
      InterActive Digital Solutions
          http://www.ids.sgi.com/
      MIPS Technologies, Inc. Home Page
          http://www.mips.com/
      Reality (SGI's employee home page server)
          http://reality.sgi.com/
      Silicon Studio Inc.
          http://www.studio.sgi.com/
      Cray Research
          http://www.cray.com/

  Companies and organizations:

      Center for Landscape Research (including image editing and
      processing software for SGIs)
          http://www.clr.toronto.edu:1080/
      Center for Visual Creation (an SGI International Training Center)
          http://www.msstate.edu/Dept/CAS/cvcinfo.html 
      Easy Software Products ("2D & 3D software" for SGIs)
          http://www.easysw.com/
      ELECTROGIG
          http://www.gig.nl/
      Engineering Animation, Inc.
          http://www.eai.com/
      Globalprint (a graphics arts information clearinghouse)
          http://www.globalprint.nl/
      GLOBEtrotter (developers of FLEXlm)
          http://www.globetrotter.com/
      Impediment (third-party memory and peripherals vendor)
          http://www.impediment.com/
      Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (ViewKit)
          http://www.ics.com/
      Interactive Effects Inc.
          http://www.webcom.com/~ie/
      IRIS Explorer Center
          http://www.nag.co.uk/Welcome_IEC.html
      Kaleidoscope Animations Inc.
          http://www.kascope.com/
      NATPIX software demos
          http://www.rahul.net/natpix/
      Paradigm Simulations Inc.
          http://www.paradigmsim.com/
      Template Graphics Software, Inc.
          http://www.sd.tgs.com/~template
      Vision Images
          http://www.visionimages.com/
      NetManage (makers of Z-Mail/MediaMail)
          http://www.netmanage.com/

  Miscellany:

      Anonymous FTP site list
          http://reality.sgi.com/employees/billh_hampton/anonftp/
          See also below under "network-accessible documents"
      Audio Applications for SGIs
          http://reality.sgi.com/employees/cook/audio.apps/
      Blip (a script for dynamic SLIP addressing)
          http://www.ifokr.org/bri/blip/
      Buying Old SGI Systems FAQ
	  http://cgi.amazing.com/internet/old-sgi-faq.html
      CAP for SGIs
          http://www.proximity.com.au/~tom/cap.html
      Configuring and Debugging SLIP and PPP
          http://reality.sgi.com/employees/scotth/dialup_support.html
      Enhance image enhancement software
          http://enhance.sgi.com/cgi-bin/enhance.cgi
      FaceIt video face recognition system
          http://venezia.rockefeller.edu/faceit/
      Grafica Obscura (Paul Haeberli's graphics notebook)
          http://www.sgi.com/grafica/
      HylaFAX (formerly FlexFAX) Home Page
          http://www.vix.com/hylafax/
      i3D three-dimensional scene viewer
          http://www.crs4.it/~3diadm/
      IBD's SGI Collection (including IRIX 5.2, 5.3 and 6.x patch lists)
          http://www.ibd.nrc.ca/~sgi/
          See also below under "network-accessible documents"
      Indy Technical Hardware Page (Greg Douglas)
          http://www.reputable.com/indytech.html
      IRIX share trees
          http://www-viz.tamu.edu/~sgi-faq/archive/share_trees/
      Ivy (a Scheme binding for Open Inventor)
          http://www-white.media.mit.edu/~kbrussel/Ivy/
      JAVA resources for SGI users
          http://reality.sgi.com/grafica/javahack.html
      Scientific Visualization Software Packages
          http://www.msi.umn.edu/user_support/scivis/scivis-list.html
      SGI Advice and Technical Data (Ian Mapleson's detailed info)
          http://www.futuretech.vuurwerk.nl/sgi.html
      SGI Alternatif (une meta-page SGI en Francais)
          http://www.cenatls.cena.dgac.fr/~boubaker/Francais/SGI.html
      SGI Alternative (an SGI meta-page in English)
          http://www.cenatls.cena.dgac.fr/~boubaker/English/SGI.html
      SGI DOOM FAQ
          http://www.cmpharm.ucsf.edu/~troyer/sgidoomfaq.html
      SGI Meta-Page (collected SGI Internet resources)
          http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/people/Faculty/Randy.Carpenter/sgimeta.html
      SGI Periodic Table (system performance comparison table)
	  http://www.sgi.com/Technology/dev-resources2.html#periodic
      SGI Web Install Site (precompiled, instable software)
          http://mat075207.student.utwente.nl/pub/SGI/
          http://www.pk.edu.pl/pub/sgi/
      SGI-Usergroup Deutschland (auf Deutsch)
          http://sgiug.uni-paderborn.de/
      Silicon Graphics Info at BNL
          http://www.ccd.bnl.gov/sgi/
      Silicon Graphics Information (collected SGI Internet resources)
          http://www.star.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp/sgi-info.html
      Silicon Graphics User Groups
          http://www.cc.gatech.edu/services/sgiusers.html
          See also below under "network-accessible documents".
      Strange Software (Tom Benoist's free software)
          http://www.webcom.com/ie/benoist/
      Swirly screen saver
          http://os.sri.com/~nat/swirly.html
      Third-party supplier of hardware for SGIs
          http://www.vigyan.com/~blbates/hardware/
      This Old SGI (A. J. Corda's 4D series information)
          http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/2258/4dfaq.html
      TURN (Tiny UI Read News) newsreader
          http://reality.sgi.com/turn/
      uman IRIX manpage database
          http://reality.sgi.com/cgi-bin/uman
      US Army Research Laboratory (ARL, formerly BRL) FTP site
          http://ftp.arl.mil/
      Vince Liggio's SGI software collection
          http://www.madness.net/sgi.html
      WAIS archives of the comp.sys.sgi.* newsgroups
          http://hornet.mmg.uci.edu/~hjm/projects/sgi.wais.html
      XFS filesystem demonstration
          http://everest.ee.umn.edu/~cattelan/XFS/

  Bill Henderson's FTP site list also lists some WWW pages.

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Subject:   -12- What are some related network-accessible documents?
Date: 06 Feb 1997 00:00:01 EST

  Silicon Graphics-specific documents:

    SGI Anonymous FTP and WWW archives
    Posted monthly to comp.sys.sgi, news.answers
    FTP from ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/sgi/anonftp/
    Contact Bill Henderson <billh@hampton.sgi.com>
    See also above under "WWW pages".

    Known SGI User Groups (SUMMARY)
    Posted monthly to comp.sys.sgi.misc
    FTP from ftp://ftp.cc.gatech.edu/pub/people/randy/sgiusers.txt
    Contact Randy Carpenter <randy@cc.gatech.edu>
    See also above under "WWW pages".

    Iris 2000 & 3000 systems FAQ (for old SGI models, not MIPS chips)
    Contact Jonathan Levine <jonathan@canuck.com>.
    See also above under "mailing lists".

    Explorer FAQ
    Posted ??? to comp.graphics.apps.iris-explorer
    FTP from ftp://swedishchef.lerc.nasa.gov/explorer/FAQ
    Contact explorer-request@castle.ed.ac.uk

    Third-party hardware vendor lists
    Contacts are given in the lists
    See also above under "WWW pages".

    SGI's Periodic Table of the Irises
    For the latest version, see above under "WWW pages."
    FTP old versions from ftp://viz.tamu.edu/pub/sgi/hardware/periodic-tables/

    IRIX 5.2, 5.3 and 6.x patch lists
    Posted ??? to comp.sys.sgi.admin
    Contact Walter Roberson <roberson@ibd.nrc.ca>
    See also above under "WWW pages".

  Other documents of particular interest to SGI users:

    OpenGL FAQ
    Posted semiweekly to comp.graphics.api.opengl, comp.answers,
      news.answers
    Contact Paul Ho <pho@dilow.asd.sgi.com>

    comp.graphics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    Posted monthly to comp.graphics, news.answers
    Contact grieggs@jpl-devvax.jpl.nasa.gov (John T. Grieggs)

    comp.windows.x Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    Posted monthly to comp.windows.x,news.answers,alt.answers,
      comp.answers
    Contact faq%craft@uunet.uu.net (X FAQ maintenance address)

    comp.windows.x: Getting more performance out of X FAQ
    Posted monthly to comp.windows.x, news.answers
    Contact art@cs.ualberta.ca (Art Mulder)

    Motif FAQ
    Posted monthly to comp.windows.x.motif,news.answers
    Contact jan@ise.canberra.edu.au (Jan Newmarch)

    Unix - Frequently Asked Questions
    Posted monthly to comp.unix.questions, comp.unix.shell,
      news.answers
    Contact tmatimar@empress.com (Ted M A Timar)

    SCSI FAQ
    Posted ??? to comp.periphs.scsi
    Contact Gary Field <garyf@wiis.wang.com>

    Uninterruptable Power Source (UPS) FAQ
    Posted monthly to comp.sys.sgi.hardware, among others
    FTP from ftp://navigator.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/doc/faq/
    Contact Nick Christenson <npc@minotaur.jpl.nasa.gov>

    Dave's List of Free Audio Goodies
    FTP from ftp://ftp.york.ac.uk/pub/users/elec10/voice/audio_goodies.txt
    Contact Dave Rossiter <dpr@ohm.york.ac.uk>

  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) lists can be FTPed from
  ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/, and HTML versions of some are under
  http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/.

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Subject:   -13- What number do I call for information about SGI
                products?
Date: 22 Jan 1994 00:00:01 EST

  For product information, call SGI Direct at

  	US & Canada:	1-800-800-SGI1 (1-800-800-7441)
  	France:		05 244 244
  	Germany:	0130 811 011
  	U.K.:		0800 440 440

  or your local SGI sales office.

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Subject:   -14- What number do I call for technical support from SGI?
Date: 20 Dec 1996 00:00:01 EST

  To reach SGI's Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in North America,
  call 1-800-800-4SGI (1-800-800-4744).  Customers with a Varsity support
  contract should call 1-800-915-8277. Elsewhere, call your local sales 
  office (see the previous question).

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Subject:   -15- What about SGI-related publications?
Date: Mon May 22 17:03:46 CDT 2000

  SGI publishes several periodicals:

  - i on Visual Computing (http://www.ion.sgi.com/), an online magazine
    about visualization technology and personalities
  - IRIS On-line, a subscription-only electronic newsletter which
    primarily reprints press releases and 'net announcements
  - IRIS Universe, a glossy, general-interest magazine
  - Pipeline, a very useful technical newsletter
    (http://support.sgi.com/search/?cmd=topic&node=pipeline&coll=0650)

  See http://techpubs.sgi.com/ for subscription information, back issues,
  etc.  Registered developers get another set of publications; see
  http://www.sgi.com/developers/ or ask devprogram@sgi.com for info.

  There is one independent SGI-related publication, Silicon Graphics
  World. Contact

      PCI Publishing
      12416 Hymeadow Drive
      Austin, TX 78750-1896 USA
      512-250-9023 (voice)
      512-331-3900 (fax)
      sgi@pcinews.lonestar.org

  Subscription rates are $45/year in the US and $75 elsewhere.  SG
  World is a monthly tabloid. It has articles, product reviews and lots
  of SGI-specific advertising. It isn't a technical publication.

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Subject:   -16- What is the current release of ...
Date: 07 May 1993 00:00:01 EST

  This changes quite often. The best way to get up-to-date information
  about SGI products is to call SGI Direct; see above.

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Subject:   -17- What is the current release of IRIX for my machine?
Date: 20 Dec 1996 00:00:01 EST

  Ping Huang <pshuang@sgi.com> writes:

  If you don't know what release of IRIX you are currently running,
  the SGI admin FAQ explains how to find out.

  IRIX 5.3 is the current release on systems with the R2000 and R3000
  CPU's and the Crimson with GTX graphics; it is the last release
  which will support these systems.  IRIX 5.3 was first released in
  early 1995.

  IRIX 6.2 is the current release on Crimson with non-GTX graphics,
  Indigo R4000, Indy, {Indigo2,Onyx,CHALLENGE}, POWER
  {Indigo2,Onyx,CHALLENGE}, and {Indigo2,Onyx,CHALLENGE} R10000
  systems; note that this list includes most of the installed base.
  IRIX 6.2 was first released in March 1996.

  IRIX 6.3 is the current release on O2 systems.  IRIX 6.3 was first
  released in September 1996.

  IRIX 6.4 is the current release on the Origin 200 and 2000 and the
  Onyx2 systems.  IRIX 6.4 was first released in late 1996.

  (The reason the phrase "was first released" is used is that SGI
  often re-releases a version of IRIX without renumbering, to make
  changes to add support for new hardware models.  For example, the
  latest re-release of IRIX 6.2 as of December 1996 is "IRIX 6.2 with
  Indigo2 IMPACT 10000", released June 1996.)

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Subject:   -18- When will the next release(s) of IRIX be out?
Date: 20 Dec 1996 00:00:01 EST

  Ping Huang <pshuang@sgi.com> writes:

  Another all-platforms release is being planned.  (An all-platforms
  release, on the date it is released, can be installed on all
  available SGI systems which are not considered obsoleted.  Previous
  all-platforms releases include IRIX 5.3 and IRIX 6.2.)  At the
  current time (late 1996), we cannot provide a firm date for when
  such a release would be available; *perhaps* sometime in 1997.

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Subject:   -19- How can I get lists of known bugs, lists of patches,
                and/or the patches themselves?
Date: 4 Nov 1998 00:00:01 EST

  Bugs: Known bugs are documented in Product Release Notes. The Support
  Advantage package (sent regularly to all customers on support)
  includes a Software Change Requests binder. SupportFolio Online
  (previously Advantage Online) (http://support.sgi.com/) 
  also lists SCRs. 

  Patches: a) Customers on support can get patches from the TAC. The TAC
  will tell you about a patch only if you report a bug which the patch
  fixes, but will give you a patch if you ask for it by number.  b)
  Support Advantage periodically includes a patch CD.  c) SupportFolio
  Online (http://support.sgi.com/) has lists of
  patches and the patches themselves.  SupportFolio Online is not as
  complete or current as the TAC, but is updated regularly.  d) Some
  patches (primarily for severe security problems) are in
  ftp://sgigate.sgi.com/Patches/. This is the only way in which you can
  legally get patches without being on support. Patches sometimes appear
  on sgigate before Advantage Online. e) Walter Roberson
  <roberson@hamer.ibd.nrc.ca> maintains his own lists of patches for
  several versions of IRIX, which he posts regularly to
  comp.sys.sgi.admin (see above under "network-accessible documents")
  and makes available via WWW (see above under "WWW pages").

  See also the article on patches in the Jul/Aug 1995 Pipeline, but
  note that it doesn't mention Advantage Online.

  Finally, the SGI FAQs mention many patches. Be aware that patches are
  superceded regularly. If you ask the TAC for a superceded patch,
  you'll be told about the patch which superceded it. SupportFolio Online
  has lists of superceded patches and the patches which superceded them.

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Subject:   -20- What's the best newsgroup in which to complain to SGI?
Date: Wed Sep 22 13:36:05 CDT 1999

  It depends on what you're complaining about. Most of the SGI
  employees who read the SGI newsgroups are engineers and similar
  useful people, not evil marketing policy-setters. If you feel, for
  example, that NFS or Documenter's Workbench should be a standard part
  of IRIX, don't post; call your sales rep and yell at them.

  However, software bugs are better newsgroup material: an SGI person
  may well see your message and fix the bug then and there.
  Nonetheless, don't depend on it. Call the TAC and tell them too.

  There's also a website that provides an interface for people to
  publicly address complaints about various companies.  It currently
  doesn't have any complaints about SGI...
  http://www.complainusa.com/servlets/CompanyListing?companyId=61

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Subject:   -21- Wouldn't Nextstep be great on SGIs?
Date: 20 Dec 1996 00:00:01 EST

  Possibly. If Next ported Nextstep to IRIX (and several SGI employees
  have made it clear that it is up to Next, not SGI, to do so) the
  question might be worth discussing. That nonwithstanding, Next
  zealots have flogged Nextstep around the SGI newsgroups many times.
  They haven't convinced the command-line diehards that the Next way is
  better or vice versa. Please don't try it yourself.

  However, if you are primarily interested in the "look and feel" of 
  the Nextstep user interface, you may be interested in the AfterStep
  window manager, available from 
  http://mango.sfasu.edu/~frank/afterstep/.

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Subject:   -22- Can I run Windows NT on my Indigo or Indy?
Date: 18 Jan 1994 00:00:01 EST

  No. SGI can, but only on Indigos with special hardware and software
  modifications and only for demos and porting. There are no known
  plans to provide NT on SGI workstations. Also, note that most
  comp.sys.sgi.* readers will answer this question "Why would you want
  to?".

  MTI, aka MIPS, an SGI subsidiary, does make NT-compatible machines.
  Try comp.sys.mips.

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Subject:   -23- Credits
Date: Mon Mar 19 16:08:47 CST 2001

  The comp.sys.sgi FAQs are the joint effort of the SGI FAQ group

      Kevin Glueck      kglueck@viz.tamu.edu
      James Hayasaka	jamesh@2tone.org

  and its alumni

      Gavin Bell	gavin@sgi.com		     SGI inventor FAQ
      Kevin Brokaw	kevinb@sgi.com		     SGI impressario FAQ
      Dale Chayes	dale@ldeo.columbia.edu
      Bryan James	bryanj@spiff.esd.sgi.com     SGI audio FAQ
      Larry McDonough   lardog@thepound.asd.sgi.com  SGI inventor FAQ
      Michael Portuesi	portuesi@sgi.com	     SGI movie FAQ
      Steve Rikli	sr@sgi.com
      Allan Schaffer	aschaffe@sgi.com
      Dave Schweisguth	dcs@proton.chem.yale.edu
      Dave Story	story@sgi.com		     SGI impressario FAQ
      Paul Walmsley     ccshag@cclabs.missouri.edu

  Special thanks are due to

      Tom Davis		Author of the 'zip' editor (now 'jot')
      Craig Hammack	Viz Lab webmaster emeritus
      Mark Kirk		Viz Lab sysadmin emeritus
      Harry Mangalam	Maintainer of the comp.sys.sgi.* WAIS database
      Dave Olson	comp.sys.sgi.*'s one-man TAC
      Steve Rikli	Viz Lab sysadmin emeritus
      Dave Sills	Moderator of comp.sys.sgi.announce
      Dave Walvoord	Viz Lab sysadmin emeritus
      Matt Wicks	Moderator of comp.sys.sgi.announce emeritus

  Finally, much thanks to all of the SGI employees on Usenet, who have
  provided gigabytes of helpful information.

  Credits for individual contributions are given in the answers.

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