Ok, back at work and tried running syb_ruler on the SGI and sent the display over the network to my RH 7.2 nvidia box. As you can see here
I have a ruler drawn but do not see the text.
Im not sure the relevance for compiling the syb_ruler on a linux box is, as this is supposed to show how the display information from an SGI is sent to a linux box. I know few of you have access to an SGI box to try this out on. However, I thank those that are helping and will try the suggested XF86Config settings.