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Old 08-09-2005, 09:13 AM   #1
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I looked all through the openGL website, but this isn't quite stated directly. They kind of say that they are open and neuteral and tell you how to program in such a way that you can use their system of 3d graphics, but it does not really say open source or GPL on their site in relation to them. (I did a google scan)

So, my question is: are they open source, and if they aren't, does anyone have any problems using something that they don't have full control over.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not an extremist who hates everything that isn't exactly fitting into the Linux specifications, and I very much appreciate the work that OpenGL has done to provide us with a free product that is used by the best systems in the world.

So, what does the Linux Community think?
Old 08-09-2005, 09:32 AM   #2
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ARB-approved OpenGL specifications and source code are available to licensed hardware platform vendors. End users, independent software vendors, and others writing code based on the OpenGL API are free from licensing requirements. See SGI's Licensing web site for more information.
From their overview page.

From the SGI page linked from there:

The following are the currently available licenses:

* Open source license, for use of the S.I.. This is a Free Software License B closely modeled on BSD, X, and Mozilla licenses.
. . .
New open source licensees of the OpenGL S.I. can freely distribute source and modified source within the liberal terms of the open source license.

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