Computerworld.NZ: If You Take an OSS to Water, Does It Get Weta?
Apr 04, 2003, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Bell)
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"Weta Digital got great value out of a switch to Linux but found
support and memory problems a 'can of worms.'
"Weta, famed for its work on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy,
says it achieved about twice the performance for half the cost in
rendering its mix of CGI and filmed images when it changed to Linux
on Intel processors.
"The traditional platform the Wellington film graphics house had
been using for four or five years was built of Silicon Graphics
Mips-based processors running SGI's Unix variant, Irix. Three years
ago, looking at getting the biggest bang for its buck, Weta became
aware that some of its software suppliers, such as Nothing Real,
Pixar and Alias Wavefront, were supporting Linux.
"It settled on Intel-based SGI processors--700MHz Pentium
3s--running the open source operating system..."