This is SGI's Sample Implementation of the OpenGL API. It is both a reference implementation and a driver framework used by almost all commercial 3D hardware vendors to develop hardware drivers for their systems. Previously available only under commercial license, the Sample Implementation is being open sourced under an extremely liberal license designed to make it easy to use together with X11 or XFree86 as well as other environments that may emerge.
By open sourcing the Sample Implementation we are continuing SGI's longstanding support for OpenGL as the standard crossplatform 3D and 2D graphics API, as well as strengthening the Linux desktop and workstation market. In order for Linux to be successful on the desktop, it needs OpenGL; and in order for OpenGL to continue as the only cross-platform 3D graphics standard, it must succeed on Linux as well as the many other platforms it already is available on. As the original creators and strongest supporters of OpenGL, we're putting substantial resources into making sure all this happens.
Releasing the Sample Implementation is the latest step in SGI's longtime support for OpenGL on the Linux platform; our prior efforts have included
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