chrisd from the no-oscars-till-2005 dept.
frankie writes "Although George Lucas may have gone over to the darkside, at least some of his staff prefer Freedom and light. ILM has released OpenEXR, a graphics file format and related utilities, under a BSD-style license. Among other things, it supports the same 16 bit format used by Nvidia CG and the Geforce FX. OpenEXR runs on Linux, Jaguar, and Irix; other platforms are likely to work with a little help from the community."
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.