I have never done a code line on IRIX/MIPSpro but have coded Pascal, Basic, VB, .NET on Windows for many years - no C/C++ though. But I am a fast learner normally
With the very re-architected v2.5, Blender should be very interesting in the future,
With Dexter1 having generously ported python3.1.1 if what needs to be done to the source of Blender is something which can be explained and is just tedious slave work I will offer my time and try, if somebody more skilled would do whatever advanced stuff needs to be done.
But does it make sense to look at the curret Alpha 0. Look at this link:
http://www.blender.org/development/rele ... ender-250/
seems that it is not until later betas there really is something new.