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CIO.com: Nixed for Linux

Nov 21, 2001, 01:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Meridith Levinson)

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"THE MASTER OF ILLUSION in the entertainment industry, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)-- George Lucas's visual effects and 3-D animation studio -- is undergoing its own metamorphosis and sloughing off longtime partner SGI in the process.

According to Andy Hendrickson, director of research and development, San Rafael, Calif.-based ILM is in the process of replacing its 600 Unix-based SGI O2 workstations-- which it used to render such characters as the gauze-clad antagonist in The Mummy, the fearsome velociraptors in the Jurassic Park flicks and Jar-Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I --with Pentium Four Linux machines. It is also replacing SGI's Unix-based Origin 2000 server with a combination of a Pentium Four computer and Alpha processors that will run Linux from Red Hat."

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