I am wondering if there is a remote desktop software from Windows XP side that could control Irix O.S. or the opposite, to a local network.
If you are running 5.3, it might be a challenge to find a vncserver package that will work. For 5.3, it will be much easier to run an X Windows server on your PC.
There are a few free X Windows packages that will run on XP. You might want to try
. Another good option would be
, but it might be a little more complex to set up. You might also take a look at
which is simple, free to try, and $25 to buy.
VNC does have certain advantages, however, and it is easy to set up if you are running 6.2 or newer. You can download an older version of
vnc for 6.2
You can get nice 6.5 versions of TightVNC either from
or from the 6.5 repository at
. If the latter, be sure to read the release notes.
If it is 5.3, you might have more of a challenge. I'm not sure how easily you will find the vnc software -- you might need to get the source code and try to compile it (or convince someone else to try).
If you choose the VNC approach, I have had good luck with TightVNC running on XP.
Finally, as Joerg suggested, you can always just open a shell window on XP and connect via telnet (or use HyperTerminal via a serial connection).