Softimage has announced that it will be launching Linux versions of its Softimage|3D and XSI 3D modelling, animation and rendering packages. The new versions will include the same features as the Windows NT, 2000 and IRIX releases. Softimage|3D for Linux is currently undergoing beta testing and is expected to be released under certain certified configurations in late March for $2,995 – around the same time that Alias|Wavefront ships Maya for Linux. An ‘extreme’ version with more functionality will ship later this year for $4,995. XSI, which was shown running on Linux to a user group last July at the SIGGRAPH 2000 show in New Orleans, will also ship later this year for an undisclosed price. At that time Richard Spöhrer, product director of SOFTIMAGE|XSI, said that it had no plans to move onto Linux – claiming that the Linux version of XSI was created "just to show that we could" and citing a lack of stability in the platform. Now the company believes that Linux is "proving to be robust production-ready platform".