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DevX: Digital Content Creation on Linux

Aug 01, 2003, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Pitzel)

'Linux'--I heard the word for the first time just five years back at one of Ray Feeney's RFX barbeques. RFX is one of the premiere systems integrators for the film production industry, and dealt primarily with SGI hardware back then. I was a digital animator and instructor, into the business a few years earlier thanks to Ray.

"Spoken by David Perkins, then chief computer technician and overall systems guru at RFX (now at Rhythm and Hues), this strange sounding word--'Linux'--took me by surprise.

"'What's Linux?' I asked.

"'The future.' He said.

"It stood to reason that someone working for Ray Feeney would speak prophetically about software used in film production. Ray is the recipient of no less than five academy awards for technical achievement in film, the last of which, a lifetime achievement award, came just last year.

"This article describes how that prophetic statement about Linux proved true..."

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