The weekly update to the Neverwinter Nights Linux Client has occured with some rather bad but unexpected news at this point in time.
[Dec 13 2002] There have been many questions as to why the Linux client is taking so long. The two big issues are sound and movies due to the fact that BINK and Miles are only available for Windows and Mac. BINK is the in-game movie player and Miles is the sound engine for Neverwinter Nights. We are having to find our own solution for Linux sound in Neverwinter Nights, and we are exploring possible movie options. Due to these factors, we are revising the estimated release date from Fall 2002 to Winter 2002 (Dec 22 2002 to March 21 2003), with January 2003 being the earliest date it could be out.
Progress has been made on sound this week, and to re-iterate, the graphical side of the Linux client is looking excellent and is almost complete.