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NewTek wants to know: Linux or Alpha version of LightWave next?

Jul 24, 2000, 20:13 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Halsall)

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[ Thanks to Chris Halsall for this report: ]

I just got off the phone with Benjamin Wells of NewTek. I was expressing my interest in a Linux version of their wonderful LightWave rendering package. The story is that although they have no definite plans, they are currently deciding if the next platform to be ported should be Linux, or DEC Alpha.

When I asked if they actually thought the market was larger for Alpha over x86 Linux, Ben said they really didn't know, but would like to hear from people who are in a buying position for either. So... if you'd like a Linux version of LightWave, and are willing to buy it, please email Ben at lwfeatures@newtek.com and let them know.

For those who weren't aware, LightWave was used to create all the CG effects for Babylon 5, along with a great many other popular shows. It's a very powerful system with a fairly intuitive interface. Ah, the day we can buy a site licence for the LightWave renderer, and put it on a Beowulf cluster!

LT ED. Note: Please read the talkback submitted below by Chuck Baker, NewTek's Director of Customer Support and Services, for some clarifications.