[Sidefx-houdini-list] Houdini on a Mac.. again

Abdul-Kareem Abo-Namous anamous at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 05:54:09 EST 2008

we have windows32, win64, and ubuntu64 on 8-core macpros under heavy usage
by the maya team, and apprentice 9 runs like a charm on mine (ubuntu).

this is a good guide to setting up ubuntu64 on the mac pro:


one note though: get one of the new mac pros, and get it with an nvidia 8800
card - the current gen standard 7300gs or so really isnt fit for 3d work.


On Jan 11, 2008 8:14 AM, Andras Ikladi <andras.ikladi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Rangi,
> > I know this has been discussed, but figure it's worth asking fresh. How
> > have people gone with running Houdini on their macs?
> >
> My experience is based on two generations of MBP under both 64bit Linux
> (Ubuntu and Gentoo) and 32bit XP (please note that XP64 doesn't have
> drivers
> provided, so it can only be run in a virtual machine for now..it's not
> likely to change).
> My only real problem is the lack of a (forward) delete standalone key, but
> this can be emulated with Fn+Backspace (bit annoying sometimes). Otherwise
> even managed to switch on intercept mode in CHOPs (Scroll lock = Fn+F12)
> This when talking about a nvidia based laptop. I also tried the older Ati
> one once and although Houdini was running ok (on Windows) on that card,
> hkey
> kept crashing on me (forced me to use no OGL acceleration while in hkey).
> It
> was ok on Linux though..surprisingly as Ati was never really famous of
> their
> Linux driver support of the consumer line.
> >
> > Have people got good results from bootcamp / parallels / VMWare? From my
> > understanding you only get all procs firing under bootcamp, is that
> > correct?
> >
> I'm not sure with core number > 2, but you can get dual cpu working under
> vmWare.
> Is there a way to run the same system image for bootcamp and
> > virtualised? so I could get the best of both worlds. ie. reboot if I
> > need performance, but run virtualised if I just need to quickly jump
> > into linux?
> On Windows, you can do this with both Vmware and Parallels easily (couple
> of
> clicks on the host side and installing some drivers/tools in the guest
> machine that doesn't really bother you when in Bootcamp mode but helps the
> virtual machine manage the switch).
> On Linux, I only use that in Bootcamp mode, so I'm not sure..maybe with a
> bit of Linux hacking.
> > Is Parallels better than VMWare or the other way around?
> >
> For this purpose, definitely vmware: none of them has OGL acceleration
> just
> yet, but vmware can manage more cpus, more memory, 64bit Windows (this
> would
> stop you from using Bootcamp though), you can get prebuilt appliances
> online
> (if you just want to try couple of OSs or can't be arsed with installing
> Ubuntu..etc).
> I would check the peculiarities of Linux though.
> Hope this sums it up together with the list archive (there is a topic on
> odforce as well).
> cheers,
> Andras
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