Posted Jun 23, 2010 9:51 UTC (Wed) by ebassi
In reply to: 3D
Parent article: A quick grumpy review of Shotwell
so why does an app to display 2D pictures not work on a machine that doesn't support OpenGL?
you seem to imply a dichotomy between a 2D pipeline and a 3D pipeline that has ceased to exist in modern hardware - and by "modern" I mean something released post-1999.
if you have a GPU - be it a discrete or an integrated unit - all your pixels get pushed through the same pipeline. the great goal of the Linux graphics infrastructure is to make everything as hardware accelerated as possible, which means going through OpenGL - the only open API and specification for hardware accelerate graphics.
not supporting OpenGL on capable hardware (i.e. everything that's at most 5 to 10 years old) it's a bug.
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