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M2 Presswire: SILICON GRAPHICS: Release further extends proliferation of OpenGL across all operating systems

Mar 05, 1999, 00:46 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Silicon Graphics has released GLX source code into the Open Source community, setting the stage for OpenGL API hardware acceleration on Linux and other platforms based on the UNIX operating system. GLX is a software layer used for integrating OpenGL and the X Window System, allowing OpenGL to render 3D graphics into an X window. GLX also operates seamlessly over networks, displaying OpenGL content to remote computers. This announcement marks the latest advancement in Silicon Graphics' long-standing mission of expanding the marketplace for 3D graphics and visualization and ensuring OpenGL as its foundation."

"Silicon Graphics is working with Red Hat Software, Inc. and Precision Insight, Inc. to enhance the GLX source code for use with XFree86 - a freely re-distributable implementation of the X Window System that runs on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems. In addition, Precision Insight will create a software framework for building accelerated 3D drivers, from which XFree86 developers and hardware vendors can build drivers for specific graphics boards. This framework will enable high-quality, high-performance 3D graphics using OpenGL."

"The release of this source code by Silicon Graphics is significant to the rapid advancement of technology," said Robert Hart, director, Technical Alliances, Red Hat Software, Inc. "This assures that developers currently utilising Linux will be able to seamlessly integrate OpenGL API's first-rate 3D and 2D graphics into their applications."

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