IRIX Interactive Desktop

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IRIX Interactive Desktop (formerly called Indigo Magic Desktop) is a desktop environment normally used as the default desktop on Silicon Graphics workstations running IRIX. The IRIX Interactive Desktop uses the Motif widget toolkit on top of the X Window System found on most Unix systems. The default window manager on the IRIX Interactive Desktop is 4Dwm.

History[edit]

IRIS Workspace is SGI's first desktop environment in IRIX versions 3.0 through 5.0. This was succeeded by Indigo Magic Desktop, introduced in 1993 with IRIX 5.1 on the Indy workstation.[1] These are some of the first default desktop environments to be standard on a UNIX computer system.

The Indigo Magic Desktop was renamed to IRIX Interactive Desktop with the release of IRIX 6.5 in 1998. Eric Masson worked through a license with SGI to recreate the IRIX Interactive Desktop for Linux, in a project called MaXX Interactive Desktop.

Features[edit]

IRIX Interactive Desktop has two primary components: the System Manager and the Toolchest. The System Manager is the main utility for desktop and system configuration. The Toolchest is a menu (normally located on the desktop) that shows which applications are installed on a particular Silicon Graphics workstation. When not in use, program windows minimize onto the desktop in a small rectangular shape, while the file manager that also displays the desktop uses a distinct vector graphic icons (utilizing the IconSmith .fti file format).

Components[edit]

  • 4Dwm
  • background
  • clogin
  • Desks Overview
  • Desktop File Manager
  • Icon Catalog
  • mediad
  • searchbook
  • soundscheme
  • System Manager
  • Toolchest

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