vegac wrote:I'm curious how many people (if any) use an SGI as their daily computer.
One here ...
Moreover, for those that do, what do you think the gaps are that make it challenging (and if you would want to but can't, what is it you're missing that keeps you from doing so).
It would be nice to have something that worked with .doc files, not counting Open Orifice. That thing is a p.o.s. Ted is okay and people don't even know when you send them rtf's because Windows conveniently hides the extension, but getting docs is a pain.
A not-online docx converter.
A spreadsheet program that can read xls files. Again, Open Orifice exists so we're not tied to the railroad tracks but something better would be good.
Standard request is a browser ... in the big picture maybe, maybe not. Flop 3 does crash and it's not very fast but could be PaleMooned or something to be better. But for sites like Nekochan that don't use bullshit tracking chasing and spying, it works fine. And I don't want to go to tracking spying sites anyhow. Those sites are like coke without the pussy, you feel so cheap and used afterwards, not going there is the better choice.
Nekoware really has a ton of stuff and running a compiler is not such a big deal. If I had to name any single thing that would be the most help, maybe a newer and better gtk2 would be the biggest. Anything newer than the industrial revolution wants gtk2 ...
All in all, Irix works fine and we have most of what's necessary. Occasionally I have to steal the Assist's Win2k* computer to fill out some online pdf (wtf are those people thinking ?) but in general, no problemo with Irix.
*Okay, I admit it. It's now Windows Server 2003. After eight years it needed a rebuild and I wanted to try Mr Canavan's rdesktop so we moved on to Server 2003. rdesktop works nicely. The newest Fireflop does not. What a piece of shit. Stick to v 28 if you know what's good for you, and even that has some very braindead decisions. This has informed my thinking of Fireflop on Irix - the newer flops are not
good. The Mozilla Corporation has totally destroyed Phoenix, thank you so much. It was good while it lasted.