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The Fourth Annual Southern California Linux Expo

Robin Rowe

Robin Rowe Robin Rowe is a partner in entertainment technology company He leads the CinePaint project, the association of motion picture technologists, and is a partner in ScreenplayLab. He can be reached at Robin.Rowe at

"Linux and CinePaint: OSS in Hollywood"

Linux is the #1 operating system in Hollywood feature film animation and visual effects, for both servers and desktops. Why are Disney, DreamWorks, ILM, Pixar, and Sony running on Linux? Note that the studios' filmmaker tools running on Linux are proprietary -- except one. CinePaint is used to retouch films such as Harry Potter and Spider-Man. It was used to add flying arrows in The Last Samurai. For 2006 CinePaint has a totally new architecture based on FLTK, a fast free portable GUI API contributed by the film industry. What's new in CinePaint and what does it mean for users outside the film industry?

Presentation Slides: PDF