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Anyone have experience doing 3D work in Linux? I've been thinking about migrating from Windows to Linux after dealing with a series of frustrating headaches with Windows that's brought me to the edge of my seat. Linux is already natively compatible with a lot of 3D applications such as Blender, Maya, Houdini, Modo, Substance Painter and Substance Designer, Unreal Engine, Unity, MARI, Quixel Bridge, as well as a myriad of renderers and more.
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>>903379
>I've been thinking about migrating from Windows to Linux after dealing with a series of frustrating headaches with Windows that's brought me to the edge of my seat.
such as?
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>>903379
I've got linux
I tried using maya, blender, zbrush and unreal engine.
I couldn't get maya to work because the version i found on the internet appears to require arch linux instead of debian. You can supposedly convert the files with "alien" program but i got an error when trying to run the converted files. I can't get maya to work.

Blender works natively and pretty good butI can't get GoB addon to work that transfer files between zbrush and blender seamlessly. Maybe some other plugins will also have issues.

Zbrush requires Wine to run and install. It works pretty good, although i get crashes sometimes when i click on some of weird menu buttons that i don't even know what it does, but the project i'm working on always gets saved so i can recover it without issues.

Unreal engine you need to compile from source code the first time which can take a few hours. It works but i haven't done much with it except place a few objects and textures in a scene.
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>>903380
Privacy and performance concerns for starters
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>>903399
So in other words, you have no real issue with windows, you are just a retard from /g/.
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>>903380
Gosh, where do I start?

The usual blue screen every three days, the graphics drivers freezing causing Direct3D to lock up and crash the application while I'm working, the start menu being unable to search my installed apps, nagging me to subscribe to Office 365 repeatedly every so often when I start up my PC, always nagging me to change my default browser back to Edge, involuntary restarts after updating, Windows Explorer not showing any files when I'm looking for something, etc.
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>>903413
Do you have a powerul pc?
You could probably run all programs in wine but they will work about 20% slower
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>>903413
>linuxfags running toasters that just werks but not for 3d intensive work.
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>>903384
actually scratch that i just tried again and managed to get maya to work on my debian linux
if anyone else needs a hand i can write out the commands to get it to run.
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>>903399
That's the dumbest reason ever. Don't be fucking stupid
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>>903413
Sounds like your pc is shit and you're trying to run modern programs and pushing it to extremes.
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>>903379
If all you use is Godot, Blender, Krita and VScode--Linux is completely fine, even great. However, all the commercial closed source software has piss poor Linux support.
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>>903428
>all the commercial closed source software has piss poor Linux support.
except for the software that matters (Maya and Houdini)
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>>903414
>>903418
>>903427
Here's my Speccy.
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>>903438
>running windows 11 on shitty specs
You need to go back to windows 10 faggot.
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>>903379
>Unreal Engine
Really? The last time I tried compiling it it was extremely buggy and barely usable. But that was a couple of years ago so maybe things have changed now.
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>>903438
AMD. That's your problem right there
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>>903447
well yeah it was beta version
UE5 just got realeased


To the OP:
create a dual boot and try it our
have booth windows and linux running and you can switch between windows and linux and try out the programs. There are tons of videos youtube how to create a dual boot.
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>>903424
I'm interested anon. How did you do it? Was it a pirated version?
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>>903483
I dual booted ubuntu and windows because I have a shit-tier potato pc, and I'd say Linux is better for Blender. Can't speak for other programs like Maya though.
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>>903379
If you are not running blender as your one stop shop, probably not.
None native software works well with tinkering, but windows will always perform better for Windows Programms. Also, non legitimate versions of your favorite programs will be a lot harder to get to work.
I run Linux mainly, but still have a windows disk, just so I can use Adobe software and Maya (Mayas native version is only available for fedora, I think. On arch, I needed to use a weird 3rd party install script and still had lots of issues I manually needed to fix).
You CAN use Linux with software like this, but it is going to take considerably more time than just having a dual boot disk ready. You can even access the ntfs disks from Linux, so it's really not much of a hassle to switch between each os install, if both are on an ssd.
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Blender seems to crash ALOT on Linux when rendering on my amd card, dno why
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>>904448
>amd
>on fucking linux
Your problem is two-fold. The biggest tragedy is you fell for the /g/ memes.
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>>904450
Well I only switched to Linux late last year and I've had my AMD card since late 2020. Why would AMD be shit on Linux anyway? AMD's drivers are ment to be open source so I figured there would be better support in programs like blender but it's quite the opposite.
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houdini sim times are significantly faster on loonix.
so much so that if it's your main dcc, it's well worth running it as your primary work OS.
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>>904454
Why would you assume it being open source would make it better? Stop falling for /g/ memes.
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>>904476
There is a pattern that poorfags with toaster level PC or laptop specs fall for the linux meme the most. About 99% end up going back to windows. The 1% actually used it in their daily wagie job. It is only but a "phase" the average 4chinner goes through in his lifetime
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>>903379
Walt Disney Animation Studios used Linux to make Frozen. That Linux-made film went on to make $1.2 billion at the box office and win two Academy Awards.
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>>904484
It's clearly a customized Maya version that may run on Linux
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>>904485
you do know that maya and houdini perform 5-15% better on linux than windows, right? especially houdini
there's a reason most feature animation and vfx is done on linux workstations
however at home me and many others use windows, it's just less overhead to manage
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>>904486
Why are you making me switch OS in the middle of production modelling/sculpting? Kek nice bait.
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>>904485
Look at the menu bars and docks. Clearly not Windows, looks like Openbox or LXQT

>>903379
Your mileage may vary. Test out the programs you use or may want to use first before making a full commitment.
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>>904486
The hardware setup it's running on is far more important than the OS.
And most of the typical 3D/ After FX pipeline stuff won't run well or not at all on any Linux.
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>>904477
guess again
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>>904509
Like clockwork.
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>>903384
>>903447
>Unreal engine you need to compile from source code the first time which can take a few hours.

This is a little known secret but Epic Games actually has pre-compiled versions of Unreal Engine for Linux on their GitHub GHCR you can download and run without compiling.

https://ghcr.io/epicgames/unreal-engine

You can easily download and install them through the Epic Asset Manager.

https://flathub.org/apps/details/io.github.achetagames.epic_asset_manager

https://github.com/AchetaGames/Epic-Asset-Manager

One of the downsides is that it doesn't come with the integrated Quixel Bridge but if you have the stand-alone client, you should still be able to use your preferred file manager to drag assets from your local Megascans library into your project's content folder.
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>>904888
>This is a little known secret but Epic Games actually has pre-compiled versions of Unreal Engine for Linux on their GitHub GHCR you can download and run without compiling.

almost every single time you make a noticable change in unreal engine you have to recompile the engine from scratch.
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>tfw daz doesnt work under linux
How do I convert to blender? I want to keep all my Daz assets though.
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>>903379
Software compatibility is the most important thing to consider, but there's also a workflow advantage to using linux. I switched about eight years ago because I wanted to try using a tiling window manager, and I would rather seppuku than go back to using windows now.
If you like windows workspaces but want something smoother or actually at all usable, give linux a go. If the software you need runs on linux, and you have the spare time and an extra hard drive, it's pretty much free, so I would recommend anyone try it themselves rather than listen to antarctic IQ anons debate tangental subjects on an underwater basket weaving forum.
In case someone's still reading this, and actually wants to know more but isn't savvy, then let me help out a bit further. First off, don't go to /g/. Second, there's a million different distributions of linux, and a million more desktop environments, so just use the Fedora KDE spin. Google those three words and you'll find it. Fedora isn't just the most euphoric distribution, it's developed by a company that's owned by IBM and has a significant amount of cash behind it. Still completely free though. Additionally, Autodesk provides an rpm for Maya, which means it's easier to install on Fedora than on Ubuntu or Debain.
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>>905351
Has Fedora become actually good?
Serious question, whenever I installed it, it immediately shat the bed - one of the most buggy distros I have ever experienced.
I stopped using Linux when they killed CentOS.
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>>904509
More like poopjaro
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>>903380
In my case several

- Such generic errorcodes it can be your software, harddisk or the toaster oven of Putin
- Settings that get reset every update
- Updates breaking things
- ui changes like weather and corona suddently appearing
- wanna shutdown? Not today you won't, a small update that wiwill take only a moment
- file explorer has no tabs
- wanna install something? You gotta go to the website and get an exe/msi
- backwards compatability king, but when you try to run something made for 1 OS ago? Nope
- windows only games run a higher fps with wine than natively on windows

And that is just the start
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>>905395
If you used anything before 14 (2010 I think) it has definitely improved. That was the earliest I started hearing about Fedora and it was mostly bad news back then.
I switched my desktop to Fedora around 24/25, can't remember having too many issues back then but these days nothing breaks unless I try to mess with systemd's guts.
And yeah, rip CentOS. RH turned their stable distro into a rolling release, funniest shit I've ever seen. If you want that experience back Rocky linux has done a pretty good job at reviving it.
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>>903380
>wifi stops working
>click windows "Fix this for me"
>ERROR Windows cannot fix your WiFi, you must be connected to the Internet. :)
>click Asus "Fix this for me"
>Checking for problem. A problem was found with your wifi. Solution: ERROR OPEN TICKET
>modern windows gives absolutely no information now about anything ever
>updates are literally "We are updating our computer. Step away. :)"
>try to open the network settings manager
>everything is spread across 4 different network-ish places
>Ranjesh tells me to do the needful by going to Device Manager -> Devices -> Wifi radio -> Properties -> Advanced Properties -> Ip4 -> set manual DNS server -> 1 1 0 1
>redeem it
>"You can't reboot right now. windowsHelper_background_monitor is preventing you from rebooting. :)"
>click reboot anyway
>it's stuck rebooting for a minute
>this on an NVME i5
>it reboots of its own accord finally

Meanwhile in Linux I'd get a 20 page long error log, copy and paste the first 5 letters into google, type some mystical command into the commandline, and go on about my life
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>>905501
sounds like a you problem. I've never had any problems like that and ive used windows for decades. Heres a protip : dont download pirated shit and this wont happen.

Here's a blackpill : this isn't a /3/ topic. This is /g/. But what board is this posted on? Not /g/.
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>>903379
>Blender
sure
>Maya, Houdini, Modo, Substance Painter and Substance Designer, Unreal Engine, Unity, MARI, Quixel Bridge
Eeehhhhhh.... They might run, but... They're gonna be worse.

Commercial software is pretty much always worse under linux, because it's just not a priority for them.
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>>903379
I did the Linux thing with Houdini as my main DCC for about 10 years. Looking back I consider it a waste of time and I wouldn't recommend it. Yes Houdini ran better, but it's not worth all the headaches that come with Linux. Regardless of which distro you choose you will eventually find yourself down a rabbit hole chasing bullshit problems. Fedora was the last distro I ran when one of the major version upgrades bricked the OS. I switched to Windows 10 and honestly it has given me less grief than any other OS.

YMMV but that's my input.
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>>905566
Win10 is horribly outdated now. Use windows 11.



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