Alias|Wavefront is to port its entire Maya 3D product line to Linux, with a roll-out for Red Hat Linux slated for early 2001. The company cites recent developments in graphics libraries available for Linux and customer demand as the key reasons behind the port.
The Linux community - until now starved of a commercial 3D tool - hailed the move.
"Maya is the most complex and powerful 3D graphics application ever to run on Linux," said Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux. "This is a historical day for the Linux community."
"As Maya continues to be a core technology in the DreamWorks animation production pipeline, we couldn't be happier that it is now coming to Linux," said Ed Leonard, head of technology for DreamWorks Animation. "Maya on Linux is a key component to realizing our ambition for Linux at DreamWorks."
The move follows the release of Alias|Wavefront Maya Batch Render, which shipped in March for Linux. Pricing is yet to be set, but it is expected to be on sale through Alias|Wavefront dealers early 2001.