Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 18:23 UTC, submitted by Radio
Games "I am still struck by just how interested Valve is in Linux as a platform; it is certainly beyond my original expectations. This Linux work just is not some half-assed attempt by them to make it look like they are a Linux-friendly organization. Gabe's vision to support, embrace, and promote Linux are amazing, assuming they execute, which looks to be very high probability at this point." Nice scoop from Phoronix. Seems to all tie in quite well with the prospect of a Steambox running Linux.
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Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

Uh, what are you talking about? All distros support OpenGL be default, there is no other option. If you mean certain OpenGL features, then it's the patented parts of OGL3 that keep some distros from compiling with all features enabled for legal reasons, you can add them back in yourself though.

If you want to see full OpenGL support enabled by default you have to go after the companies that hold the patents to the affected features.

So it's what we've been saying for years, patents are killing the industry and hampering progress, I want my flying car dammit!

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Well the claim was that OpenGL support was largely incomplete. So why couldn't Valve lend a hand and write some code?

I have no problems with OGL on Linux (it's running fine). So no need to feel defensive over your OS of choice...

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Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Intel already submitted a complete implementation of OpenGL3.0 to MESA, it was released as MESA 8.0. The Gallium3D drivers also have it working as well.

Dunno how long till they get OGL3.3 compliance let alone OGL4 though, but seeing as how OSS GPU driver development has finally started picking up in the last few years hopefully it will be implemented much faster then OGL3.0 was. Used to be nobody really cared since your choices for a GPU with an OSS driver where craptacular Intel IGPs with very outdated OGL support or R200 series Radeon cards also with long outdated OGL hardware compliance, so there was little reason for people to put in the effort to implement newer OpenGL specs.

Even the Intel HD Graphics 3000 on the Sandy Bridge CPUs is only DirectX10.1/OpenGL3.3 compatible, though is by no means capable... Ivy Bridge's Intel HD Graphics 4000 finally brings them up to OpenGL4 and finally adds support for OpenCL support to the GPU.

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