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TechNewsWorld: Linux in Hollywood

Oct 02, 2003, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Rowe)

[ Thanks to codez for this link. ]

"For Star Wars: Episode II, Linux made Yoda a light saber-wielding action figure. In Lord of the Rings 2, waves of Orcs attacking the colossal fortress at Helm's Deep are not thousands of human extras, but digital actors created using Linux. To consumers, Linux may rank third after Windows and Macintosh, but Linux dominates motion pictures more than anyone but studio insiders may realize. It has been used to produce more than 30 blockbuster films, including Lord of the Rings, Star Wars: Episode II, Harry Potter, Shrek, and Titanic.

"In short, the big news in Hollywood about Linux is it is no longer big news. Linux has won not only renderfarm servers, but the artist desktops of the top studios. It's hard to find a large studio that does not rely upon Linux as its primary animation and special effects OS, and many smaller film studios have adopted Linux, too...

"Linux began in 1991 as grad student Linus Torvalds' personal hobby. How did it become a professional graphics powerhouse in the most demanding of CG industries...?"

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