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William Abke
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 2:55 pm    Post subject: Octane - LiveCD rc5 Reply with quote

Hello,

You guys are GREAT!!! - burned the cd from IRIX (xcdroast) rebooted and all is well.

I started running Gentoo on my home pc in early 2002 and loved it.

In the fall of 2003 my boot disk failed - after we moved my pc 'lived' in the HOT garage for the summer. :(

Around the same time they were scrapping a few Octanes at work so I took a couple home and have been using them since.

I started with the SGI freeware stuff, but after running Gentoo for a while wanted to optimize/compile all the software myself.

I've had some/limited success compiling stuff with gcc - and did not want to go with the Nekochan precompiled packages - they seem to mostly use SGI's compiler???

It would be great if I could run Gentoo on my SGI box for a bit of inet surfing/email reading and some light programming tasks.

Thanks again for all of your hard work - and hopefully in the future I will be able to contirbute to your efforts.

Thanks,
Bill
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I already surf the net from my Indigo2 Impact using remote X.

If you've got IMPACT graphics on your Octane, then you should be set. X works just fine locally on them.
VPro however is another matter -- there's no DMA support for those, and so no ability to efficiently run X. This doesn't stop you grabbing an old Pentium-class box to use as an Xterminal. Octanes still make decent LTSP servers. :-)
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