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[News] Patents Spoil OpenGL Fun, Reduce Innovation

  • Subject: [News] Patents Spoil OpenGL Fun, Reduce Innovation
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 07:46:22 +0100
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Patents May Cause Issues For OpenGL 3 In Mesa

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| While work on OpenGL 3.x support in Mesa has been very slow, many 
| have been looking forward to the day when Gallium3D hardware 
| drivers provide fast acceleration and a OpenGL 3 state tracker to 
| provide this support to all Gallium3D users. Intel though has 
| also been wanting to bring some OpenGL 3 support to the classic 
| Mesa stack. However, at XDC2009, Intel's Ian Romanick has 
| expressed some issues with patents that could inhibit the support. 


Is It So Crazy For A Patent Attorney To Think Patents Harm Innovation?

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| There are plenty of reasons why people might believe patents 
| increase innovation -- but they're the same theories of the 
| mercantilists in the 18th century, who believed that monopolies 
| on other products spurred more development in those businesses. 
| That theory was debunked and is considered laughable by pretty 
| much any economist today. And yet, when it comes to patents, why 
| do people automatically reject what economists realized two 
| hundred years ago? Monopolies may temporarily benefit the 
| monopolist, but at the expense of society as a whole.



Mesa Slowly Picking Up OpenGL 3 Support

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| Intel's Ian Romanick has announced on the Mesa3D development list that he has
| made available an arb_sync branch of Mesa. As implied by its name, this
| branch implements support for the GL_ARB_sync extension, which just
| officially debuted with OpenGL 3.2.


WebGL support makes first appearance in latest Firefox 3.7 nightly builds

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| Google Chrome and other WebKit-based browsers aren't the
| only ones getting improved 3D graphics handling
| capabilities. As of September 18th, Firefox trunk builds
| include support for WebGL.

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