I got my SGI Octane2 few weeks ago. I also had to order 13W3 to VGA-adapter to get picture to my monitor. I've been very happy about the performance of the system and IRIX seems to be a crown jewel of UNIX. SGI really proves megahertz isn't everything when it comes to performance. Example IRIX's proprietary Xserver "Xsgi" really screams, i've never seen such performance on ANY X11-based systems. Back to the megahertz myth, though. It doesn't matter if your CPU is running at 3000MHz if everything below it is crap (and the CPU-architecture is crap). Crossbar-architecture fells MUCH more responsible when my system is under heavy load. IRIX is also designed for these purposes and feels very mature. Present IRIX version (6.5) is running on it's 23th patch release now, you can even select between maintenance and "less" stable feature releases.
I got nice christmas presents this christmas. First, i got Mac OS X Panther and it rocks. I have never seen anything scream like that and Exposé is very good stuff. I also got USB keychain memory, it's very nice stuff. Just put it in a mac and it automatically mounts it on your desktop, too bad i haven't got it working in FreeBSD (yet), it seems the ZIP-drive is da0 and the USB-memory wants to be da0 too so there's a conflict, i must force ZIP-drive to da1 with kernel recompiling. Im particulary amazed on Panther's typography, it's just stunning. Go check all the cool stuff here: http://www.codepoetry.net/archives/2003/10/24/panthers_major_text_services_upgrade.php. With Panther Mac OS X seems to have reached the maturity you would expect (robustness, speed, user-interface), altough im not big fan of textured windows (metallic ones), thank god there are nice patches/fixes for them, you can also disable "textured windows" option with interface builder (i love NeXSTEPish stuff) when you dive into the application package and select user interface files in it.
Im getting sick of *BSD is dying trolls in
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