SGI IRIX licenses?

David Griffith dgriffi at
Fri Jun 1 17:20:45 CDT 2007

On Fri, 1 Jun 2007, Richard wrote:

> I've not installed IRIX from scratch before.  I recently purchased
> some install media from ebay and the item description said "does not
> include licenses".  Is this boiler plate disclaimer, or am I still
> needing something else to install the OS?  Another item on ebay says
> it *does* include licenses.  Is there some sort of license key?
> Does SGI have a hobbyist/deprecated-ware license available?

By having a computer that runs Irix, SGI presumes you have the right to
install and run it.  The licenses part comes from the fact that some
components are not included in this deal, though they are present on the
install media.  For a barebones Irix system, this is typically the MIPSpro
development suite.  The license key is a hash that may or may not be tied
to a particular machine and may or may not expire.  The key is served up
by a daemon that handles multiple keys for assorted software you might
have installed.  For example: one key for the GIS viewer, one for the
rock layer simulator, one for the seismology package, one for the math
package, one for the database, etc.

David Griffith
dgriffi at

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