Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2007 20:24 UTC, submitted by hechacker1
AMD "This morning at the X Developer Summit in the United Kingdom, Matthew Tippett and John Bridgman of AMD have announced that they will be releasing their ATI GPU specifications without any Non-Disclosure Agreements needed by the developers! In other words, their GPU specifications will be given to developers in the open. Therefore you shouldn't need to worry about another R200 incident taking place. The 2D specifications will be released very soon and the 3D ones will follow shortly."
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RE: Accelerated indirect OpenGL
by jdub on Tue 11th Sep 2007 07:28 UTC in reply to "Accelerated indirect OpenGL"
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Will these specification make it possible to write a driver so I can put a 3D card in my headless server, have all OpenGL calls redirected and computed on this server and the results returned over the network?

You know how some people say that because X is 30 year old technology, we should dump it and start again?

Well, what you're asking for is 30 year old extensible technology (X), and the not particularly new GLX extension (GLX, not Xgl, which is something different).

Next time you hear someone say we should dump X, tell them to hollow out the bone in their head to make room for a brain. :-)

(I think I misunderstood your 'server' to mean 'server' in the X sense. Rather than do the 3D rendering on the application server, do it on a thin client with cheap 3D hardware on board. You're still running your actual apps on the application server, and getting beautifully rendered stuff on the display. Dave Richards from Largo is doing precisely this => check out his blog linked from Planet GNOME.)

Edited 2007-09-11 07:32

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