Just as an FYI openSUSE 12.1 64 bit will run Maya even though the system requirements necessitate you have Fedora installed. I had problems getting it to run initially but after initiating this command

sudo ln -s /lib64/ /lib64/

it seems to be working. I had a tutorial on where to download the free student version for Linux(not easy to find) and how to legally register the program; it was marked as an advertisement and deleted. I am posting this so the next person doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel on how to get it to run. Please let me know if this goes against the guidelines of this forum.