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OpenGL support in LablGTK2?
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Date: 2004-12-30 (07:32)
From: Matt Gushee <mgushee@h...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OpenGL support in LablGTK2?
Jacques Garrigue wrote:

> After a bit more testing, it seems that the problem with gtkglarea2 is
> not directly related to gtk, but rather to Xorg 6.7.
> That is, after upgrading to Xorg 6.8.1, the problem was solved.
> So I have no plans to switch to gtkglext anymore, as this doesn't seem
> so much worthwhile.

Wow. Maybe I misunderstand, but are you really saying there's nothing to 
worry about?

Now, it seems to me that you contribute a great deal to OCaml, and even 
if that weren't the case, you're still a volunteer developer. So of 
course you are under no obligation to add any requested features to your 
software, and I don't wish to suggest otherwise. But the above rationale 
seems horribly short-sighted. The problem is not so much that LablGTK 
depends on a *broken* package, as that it depends on an *unmaintained* 
one. That being the case:

   1) at some point in the not-too-distant future, gtkglarea will likely
      become unusable due to incompatible changes in GTK itself.

   2) already, at least some Linux distributions are lacking a gtkglarea2
      package. Thus, lablgtk with OpenGL support can't be provided as a
      package for those distributions.

Please don't be satisfied, just because the packages happen to build on 
your system today.

Matt Gushee
Englewood, CO, USA