Labrie outlined some of the infrastructure upgrades that Weta was undertaking to accommodate the next film as well as some of the lessons learned from The Fellowship of the Ring.
“We’re making pretty significant steps into Linux-based workstations. They now appear to be becoming stable enough to be a viable alternative in both the 2D and 3D space. The problem with Linux is that it’s an open source system, so if you are having issues or difficulties with its stability, it’s like pushing on a rope; there’s no single vendor to deal with. You have to be self-deterministic in terms of how things work. You have to make your own choices and do your own tests on motherboards, graphics cards, applications, operating system releases, all those kinds of things.”