[on a mostly unrelated note]
Well here's a question... if you could do that, rebuild O2s at 900MHz, how much would you charge for one, taking into consideration the cost of upping the mem to at least 512mb, and at least one 18gig harddrive, probably an AV module, and the upgrade to the processor itself... along with the time invested in... putting software on it.
(Not much if you can make a "standard" O2 restore tape and just generate installs of IRIX for your O2s from that.)
As far as software goes... I'd suggest compiling/preinstalling a bunch of opensource stuff, GIMP, OpenOffice, Scribus or whatever.. enough to do some stuff with it.
I know that I would be interested in purchasing an upped O2 or just the processor module.... (they just pop into an R5k/180 motherboard, (the 5200 modules) would they?
(like, if I just happened to stumble upon an R5k/180 for myself
I surely know that I'd forgo IRIX upgrades if it meant running at 600, 835 or 900MHz speeds, especially if it would be possible to buy a cleaned and well-softwared O2 with a good (768mb+) amount of memory.
Well... I'm going to try something out in inDesign for "NekO2" tonight... I'd love to see what people would think about for spec-sets and prices.
[and just because it's required.]
I can't say how impressing this really is, to see that 600MHz SGI O2 systems are in action, and that there are so-many people who are continuing to work on increasing this number, and it seems like people want to put it into a 4 digit number. I can say that it's rather-exciting to see this continue to happen.