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The Register: SGI open sources OpenGL Sample Implementation

Jan 27, 2000, 16:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"Still, short of releasing OpenGL itself to the open source community this is probably as good as it gets. Open sourcing OpenGL would eliminate SGI's licensing revenue strand, so it's unlikely to happen for the time being. In any case, there may well be patent issues that prevent OpenGL being released under the GNU Public Licence or something similar...."

"Where this leaves Mesa is, however, another matter. Providing the same features as Mesa, SI is likely to arrive in a more complete form than Mesa, which remains a work in progress and, perhaps more to the point, not fully OpenGL compliant (though it's damn close)."

"Interestingly, SGI is playing it very cautious here. Its SI FAQ suggests that Mesa will continue to have a role, primarily in the development of software renderers, which are likely to be too slow to be practical under the existing SI. Of course, as hardware acceleration becomes ever more commonplace, software rendering -- and, by extension, Mesa itself -- will become less relevant. SGI clearly appreciates this and its FAQ holds out the possibility of merging the two development programmes. That's not going to happen yet, and SGI reckons drivers for both OpenGL API implementations will exist side-by-side for some time."

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