Linux.com: Professional Computer Graphics on Linux? You BetFeb 29, 2000, 06:13 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Kutter)
"A few years ago, producing impressive computer generated images required expensive hardware and even more expensive software. Now, with inexpensive hardware, free software, and a little talent, anybody can venture down the path towards professional-looking computer graphics."
"A free software package (for commercial use, a $100 registration fee is asked) called Blue Moon Rendering Tools (BMRT) is now available for Linux. It is a software package that provides the same quality professionals look for in their work. BMRT implements the RenderMan interface standard, which is a specification for a photorealistic rendering system. The details of the RenderMan interface are beyond the scope of this article, but for more information check the links listed below."
"BMRT is remarkably simple to install. Once the tarball is unpacked you are free to setup the package however you wish. At the very least, it is a good idea to have the main rendering binary (rendrib) in your path (I prefer /usr/local/bin). You then may want to specify a SHADERS environment variable. It contains the paths to your shaders (more on shaders later). You may want this to be someplace global to the system due to the simple fact that other users would then be able to access the same shaders you use...."