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InfoWorld: How A Dream Works

Oct 23, 2001, 22:32 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Jones)

[ Thanks to Ed Matthews for this link. Ed was careful to ask 'What about the SSSCA?' when he submitted the item. What indeed? ]

As is the situation at many companies, Dreamworks' IT budget is not an infinite resource. To that end, Leonard is making a name for himself as an example of how Linux can be cost-efficiently deployed in large-scale environments. 'My background is software, so I've always been fascinated with shareware, emerging software, and just creating interesting, cool applications,' Leonard says. 'But I wasn't really involved in the Linux movement.'

But after observing the rise of Linux while simultaneously noting that technologies such as CPUs and graphics cards continued to slide into commodity status, Leonard realized Linux could be effectively applied to high-end apps.

"There's a tremendous appetite for being able to give the most computing resources [available] to the artist who realizes their vision is filmmaking. The more we give the filmmakers, the more they want," Leonard explains. "We're just trying to stay ahead of the demand so that ultimately we get great films."

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