[Mageia-dev] freeglut last update

Philippe DIDIER philippedidier at laposte.net
Wed Apr 20 20:39:18 CEST 2011

Thierry Vignaud wrote :
>mesa is ready to switch from itw own implementation to freeglut."

I had read your spec (rev 88231) and understood you planned to... and was
happy to see this ! 

I was aware of the problems of dependency (I posted on dev mailing list
january 18th) hoping that an early option for freeglut would protect
against these : building the depending packages with freeglut-devel might
be more sane... 
but I had not in mind the necessary compatibility with Mandriva 2010.1 for
an easy upgrade and the need of keeping mesaglut.

The thread started by Ennael about deps after the arrival of freeglut.rpm
made me think she was talking about already built rpms (such as hugin,
enblend, libtiff etc...)
I was wrong !

>RH has switched to freeglut long ago.

And openSuse, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu too :

Mandriva was the only distro still using GLUT and this lead to a cul-de-sac
for sharing packages or specs... or even to develop some softs 
(I needed to modify some lines of source code to build with Mandriva
something that was smooth for fedora or Debian users, who could not
understand where the problem was for me. I spent some hours before
understanding and finding some workaround to get in the end a soft with
missing features : GLUT allowing less features than freeglut)

I understand that compatibility with Mandriva makes necessary some bad
inheritance... and double work for some packages that will have to be
rebuilt and updated in the same time when freeglut is provided by

Nevertheless it sounds very good for the future !

Thanks again to all of you


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