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    Trivia related to computer graphics + early Linux: Bruce Perens was the leader of Debian for awhile, and also worked at Pixar for 12 years.

    I assume that Pixar was an early adopter of Linux, because otherwise they would have to pay commercial OS licensing fees for the hundreds / thousands of machines they used to render movies.

    Although I read Ed Catmull’s recent book and I don’t think he mentioned Linux? That book did mention the NYIT graphics lab.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Perens

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Institute_of_Technology_Computer_Graphics_Lab

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      I vaguely recall some news around 2003 (I think it was) about Pixar switching from Sun to Intel hardware, and porting renderman.

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        Sun? I know they bought a ton of SGI Octanes for Toy Story.

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          found this: https://www.cnet.com/news/pixar-switches-from-sun-to-intel/
          May have been what I was recalling.

          Maybe they used SGI before that?

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            Cool! I didn’t know that.

            You are probably right - buying SGI in the 2000s isn’t likely a smart move ;)

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            This story said they used SGI for desktops and Suns for rendering.

            Also for @trousers.

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              This story said they used SGI for desktops and Suns for rendering.

              Also for @trousers.

              They used Suns for trousers? Sparc64 pants? A novel usecase for sure. ;)

              I kid, I kid. Thanks for the link. :)

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                They were rendering them in the movie. Had to get accurate lighting, ruffling, and so on. Geek producing it spent so much on the hardware they couldnt afford all the actors. Show got cancelled.

                Many investors now suspect the Trouser Tour documentary was a ruse devised so the producer could play with a bunch of SGI and Sun boxes. Stay tuned for updates.