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Old 04-15-03, 11:56 AM   #13
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Hmm... I see.

So why hasn't SGI redone their glut library to implement the newer extension mechanism? Whether or not it was supported back in '98, 5 full years ago, shouldn't have any bearing on what's being written now... right?

OpenGL 1.4 is out now, and 1.5 is being decided on by the ARB (at least, I assume it is, since they won't just sit on their hands after releasing a version of the spec...), so arguments about it not working with 1.2 (when 1.2 did something wrong; in this case, extensions) are really irrelevant, IMHO.

They could even autodetect (perhaps even at runtime, through the use of GNU libltdl) which version of the GL lib is being used, and use the extension mechanism if needed, otherwise use ltdlsym() (which is the libtool equivalent of the extension mechanism).
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Old 04-15-03, 12:07 PM   #14
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GLUT is a sample code toolkit, it isn't under development currently, and probably won't be in the future. SGI still distributed their version unchanged, but the Mesa project has apparently taken over de-facto responsibility for GLUT maintenance.

There is also a FreeGLUT toolkit available, although I haven't tried it.
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Old 04-15-03, 04:13 PM   #15
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Ah, OK. So the Mesa version is the current.
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