SGI relicenses OpenGL: "A huge gift to the free software community"
Posted by: Anonymous
on September 22, 2008 03:55 PM
Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 188.8.131.52] on September 21, 2008 08:14 AM
"I guess mechanical design, analysis, molecular research, chemistry, geology, and hundreds of other fields are not work ..."
I develop software for oil exploration where paper and pencil is not an option. 3d visualization swept through the field starting in 1997 and became mature in 2001-2003. Moving from 2d software to 3d not only sped up the work by 5-10x, it improved quality enormously. While the SGI relicensing is a welcome step, everyone in our field moved to linux (&OpenGL) years ago, the lure of $10k linux workstations vs $100k Octanes or $500k to $2m Onyxes was a no-brainer.