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Interactive Desktop 6.5
IRIX Interactive Desktop Screen shots.
Thanks to Ian
Chapman for these screen shots!
IRIX is a UNIX based OS written by SGI for
their workstation computers. SGI workstations are
extremely high end graphics processing machines
commonly used for 3D animation, visual
simulations, and many scientific
This is the default IRIX desktop.
The menu in the upper left is the Toolchest.
This menu is normally present on the desktop and
provides a list of the applications and utilities
that are installed on the system.
The camera and mic icons launch applications
used for video and audio capture. Most Silicon
Graphics workstations come with a video capture
device, generally a camera.
The personal data folder (or "home" folder)
for the current user also displays on the
desktop. In this case the user is "root".
The dumpster is used to delete files by
dragging and dropping their icons to it. This is
basically the same as the Windows "Recycle Bin"
and the Macintosh "Trash" icon.
CDROM - A starting point for browsing the
files on the CD-Rom media. Other attached media
drives will also appear on the desktop when
Minimized applications appear as a square icon on
the screen such as this Netscape icon. The
application running in the above screen shot (and
shown in the other screen shots) is The Gimp, a
popular graphics program used to make these
This screen shot shows System Manager, the
central system configuration utility / control
panel. It provides for easy configuration of
hardware devices, user accounts, and
This screen shot shows a Directory View window
which is used for managing files. The pain at the
bottom is the Content Viewer pane that can
preview different file types. This screen shots
shows the Content Viewer previewing a
In the File View window the roller on the left
side of the window is used to change the size of
One of the most unique features about the IRIX
desktop is that its icons are vector images
instead of bit-mapped images. This means they can
scale to any size in real-time without losing any
Like many other Unix desktops IRIX has the
ability to work with multiple desktops at once.
Switching and managing these desktops is
accomplished through the Desktop Overview
This screen shots also shows the audio panel
and the included SGI branded version of Netscape
The SGI help viewer is the standard
application for viewing IRIX help files and
The Confidence Tests utility is an interesting
program that can not only detect hardware but
also perform diagnostics on the hardware. This is
possible because IRIX is designed specifically
for SGI hardware.
Like many modern GUIs IRIX has a number of
accessibility options to aid movement-impared
users. This screen shot shows the
Accessibility Settings control panel.
These screen shots show a number of the
desktop customizations available in the IRIX
The Desktop Environment Setup is somewhat
unique for a Unix system in that it gives the
user the option to have the same desktop
environment across multiple machines on a network
or choose to use a new environment for a
These screen shots also show the Background
Setting, Color Scheme Browser, Desktop Settings,
Window Settings, and System & Desktop
These screen shots show the Screen Saver
settings, Mouse Settings, Keyboard settings,
Default Viewer & Editor Utilities, Default
Layout For Icon Views, and Alert Settings.
An interesting thing to notice is the use of
"Thumbwheel" widgets in the Desktop Settings,
Default Layout for Icon View and in other
These screen shots show the Graphics Back End
Controller that lets the user set the video
Because SGI workstations are used for high end
video processing the Graphics Back End Controller
allows more detailed advanced control over video
options than typical computer systems.
The IRIX desktop has built in support for time
zones, country currency / date formatting,
language settings, and keyboards for other
languages. These can be set in the International
Control Panel shown here.
The File system manager is a graphical utility
that mounts and unmounts local and remote file
This screen shot also shows the Process
Manager that lists all running tasks on the
computer, and the Printer Manager. (Note: the
Printer Manager window is supposed to be white,
Lastly, this screen shot shows the Software
Manager. This utility is the standard way of
adding and removing software packages under