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[News] The Simpsons: Powered by GNU/Linux

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Interview: Joel Cohen, writer and associate producer of The Simpsons

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| For that purpose, crudely animated scenes were produced with Red Hat 
| Enterprise Linux and Linux animation technology, so our animators were able 
| to show us these scenes incredibly quickly. Once a scene or piece of a scene 
| was approved, it would begin the more traditional animation route; however, 
| the volume and speed of material that was created for the movie could never 
| have been done without that Red Hat-fueled system.     



Open Source and Movie Magic

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| Last week at FOSDEM, I attended Tux With Shades, Linux In Hollywood, a 
| keynote by Robin Rowe and Gabrielle Pantera. Robin is the admin of the 
| CinePaint project, which is used for frame-by-frame retouching of film - part 
| of a long chain of technology needed for making movie magic, all of which 
| typically runs on Linux.    


Hollywood, Linux, and CinePaint at FOSDEM 2008

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| At first, studios had no choice but to develop Linux applications in house. 
| The film industry has millions of lines of Linux code, both desktop 
| applications and server pipelines. Studio Linux programmers write code in 
| C++, Python, Perl, and Java. What does all this secret proprietary Linux code 
| do? And, why do they do parallel programming with grid computing? How does 
| the film industry use renderfarms with thousands of CPUs?     


DreamWorks wins an award for its innovative use of Linux

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| Behind that effort sits Ed Leonard, chief technology officer at DreamWorks, 
| who has been recognized for his work with an Annie Award for "promoting the 
| Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software 
| development."   


Linux Goes Hollywood With New Terra Soft Film Rendering Tool

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| Y-Film is a product formed from two separate applications. The first is a 
| cluster construction suite supported by Terra Soft's Y-HPC platform. The 
| second is the Artist Productivity and Asset Management Tools developed by 
| Scott Frankel, president and VFX supervisor at Circle-S Studios and the lead 
| developer of Y-Film. The tool set runs on x86 Linux, Power Linux and Mac OS 
| X.     


Linux in Hollywood


Studios Using Linux

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|     * Digital Domain
|     * Disney
|     * Double Negative
|     * DreamWorks Animation
|     * Flash Film Works
|     * Hammerhead
|     * Industrial Light & Magic
|     * Moving Picture Company
|     * Pixar
|     * Rhythm & Hues
|     * Sony Pictures
|     * Tippett
|     * Weta Digital 


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.

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