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I would, but I don't have the hardware. I'm thinking of dumping my (nvidia) notebook in favour of one with ATI card. And it's very difficult to find any useful info about how much trouble I'd run into in between all the flame wars going on here.
hey in 'my point of view'
OpenGL2 means something like DirectX8/9b...
i think farcry1 is a dirctX9c game.....
then you need OpenGL2.1+'VTF'+'3-4 wine-openGL3.2 extensions'
ins short words... no!
there are still 1 wine bug in wine or catalyst 9.12 and 9.12 have openGL3.2 with Wine extansions and 3.2 means also full Vertex Textur fetch VTF support.
mesa7.8/radeon do not have VTF and only 1 wine extension (of 4) and no ogl2.1 and no ogl3.2 at all
they also can fix wine and chance the nvidia stylisch dx9VTF(mean dx10/ogl3) in an pure ATI directx9c-shader3-ugly one.
but you still need OGL2.1+(WineOGL3.2 extensions for best performance).
i think the Opensource driver can handle this in mybe 6 monds!
Possible. Might be true for workstation cards as well. Do you have any examples where the same app is currently supported on both APIs on the same OS (to eliminate differences between OSes and graphics frameworks) ?
OK, I'll bite. Which extensions do you think are missing from gaming opengl drivers that cause the Blender devs to only use the most basic features ? Isn't it more likely that the use of a minimal OpenGL set is targeted at open source drivers rather than gaming vs workstation drivers ?
so far i know blender is target to software-renderer-openGL
you can use blender with a 'vesa' card
Your reasoning is excellent as always, but you base your conclusions on "facts" which don't seem to have any grounding in reality, or which are based on over-generalization of a single outlier case. It might be worth a bit of time to validate your underlying "facts" first.
give me 20 000€ and i make a studie abaut Cad software on gaming cards on openGL vs DirectX...
i do not have prove only a bad feeling abaut openGL is dieing.
only 1 important company plan a big openGL3 game Blizzard next-gen-WOW..
but direct10 is 4 years old and hase in feeling tausend of games and DX11 is a half year old and have 5+games...