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  1. Hi! I'm trying to figure out how to use the power of my stationary / "Desktop" Workstation in addition to the quad core cpu I have on my HP ProBook to render sequences of a Mantra animation. The desktop is currently the hserver giving me a license to run Houdini on my laptop, so network communication should not be a problem. My guess is that I need to set up a shared directory for textures and stuff, but I have defined a $SITE variable pointing to the same folder via Dropbox on both machines. I've started to look into "hython" and the hou.node and it looks like most tasks can be accomplished in Python these days, but I haven't had the time to get into the details on the matter. I do C++ and Python programming, so answers involving some code snippets don't scare me off! Well not usually anyway... Thanks in advance. Chris S
  2. nVidia Quadro FX 770M / Dell Precision M4400

    Most Quadro cards are better supported than the consumer card series, and the card you mentioned is certified on Maya, so the OpenGL support should be more than adequate.
  3. thinking about switching to Ubuntu

    Well. I can't say that I have tried using Ubuntu+Houdini on this actual model, but, after looking at the specs (even though they are mediocre) I would say you will not run into any problems with your configuration. I use 64 bit Ubuntu 8.10 with the latest daily build, and I have no problems what so ever. Compared to running a 32 bit windows os, you'll get performance benefits no matter how you put it. Go for the 64 Bit, and remember, to export rendered sequences to e.g. .m4a movie files, you need mencoder or you can use ffmpeg. Both of these packages are in the mediubuntu repositories. Best of luck!