State of Linux graphics

Jon Smirl jonsmirl at
Thu Sep 1 09:58:24 PDT 2005

On 9/1/05, Brian Paul <brian.paul at> wrote:
> > There are a few other OpenGL deficiencies, but isn't it best to get
> > those into OpenGL rather than a whole separate rendering path?
> I'm not certain I understand the question.  If you're saying we should
> add additional features/extensions to OpenGL rather than persue EXA,
> I'm of mixed opinion.  I'd like to see OpenGL become the universal
> base layer, but I can't blame people for persuing EXA since it
> provides good returns for relatively little effort.

EXA is going to happen, too much is already invested in it. My fear is
that the "good returns for relatively little effort" argument will be
repeated over and over resulting in various other parts of the 3D
hardware being exposed in the X server.

Jon Smirl
jonsmirl at

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