1. Q: GLX extensions for Sun
Can anyone tell me how to get a an SGI-compiled OpenGL program to
display successfully on a Sun system?
I get the following error:
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ...
Is it a matter of buying the runtime libraries from Template Graphics or
Portable Graphics? If it is, can anyone recommend one over the other? I
have seen a lot of messages in favor of TGS.
The idea is to avoid the budget-busting cost of the Sun OpenGL
development libraries from TGS or PG.
(~ $5K! Talk about sticking it to the customer while you can!)
On a related note, does anyone have any SOLID information on Sun's plans
to support OpenGL on their "lesser" platforms. I know that they support
it on the new Ultra Creator 3D niche platform, but what all the other
The last information I heard was that Sun planned to have native OpenGL
support for non-Creator platforms by mid-summer '97. I later heard that
this would only be run-time libraries, so there will still not be true
OpenGL development libraries native to the older Sun platforms.
Before any TGS or PG fanatics jump all over this, let me explain. SGI
provides the OpenGL DEVELOPMENT libraries for about $800 with support
for ALL platforms newer than the 4D/20 (made what? 12-15 years ago?).
This means that about 99% of the still usable systems have OpenGL
support, PLUS support for HARDWARE ACCELERATION. How many of Sun's
graphics boards do TGS and PG support? Maybe half from what I can tell
from their spec sheets. And all for a bargain price of 6 TIMES the price
of SGI's native OpenGL.
It's enough to make you start thinking of collusion. Sun has an
opportunity to take over the Sun OpenGL market by providing an OpenGL
library that will support their hardware at a lower cost. TGS and PG
would have to cut prices and improve their products or else abandon the
market. Why doesn't Sun do this? How can TGS and PG continue to
overprice their products? Does anyone care? Or is everyone moving to
SGIs or MS/NT platforms? Is Sun going to lose all of their technical
market share and content themselves with creating transaction servers
for the business and financial markets? Is there anyone with a vision of
the 3D market at Sun? Why is the sky blue? (Just checking to see if
you're still paying attention.) And the most important question; Can
anyone explain all this?
Sr. Software Engineer ASEC
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