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OpenGL 3.2 Specification Officially Released

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Published on 03 August 2009 02:26 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Standards
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Last month when NVIDIA had published their first official 190.xx driver beta, it was discovered that there was early OpenGL 3.2 support. There was no OpenGL 3.2 specification out in the hands of public developers, but with NVIDIA working closely with the Khronos Group, it wasn't too surprising. They had also released another OpenGL 3.2 driver update and we suspected that OpenGL 3.2 would be officially unveiled at the SIGGRAPH conference. This graphics industry conference started today in New Orleans, and sure enough, OpenGL 3.2 is now out!

The Khronos Group announced the release of the OpenGL 3.2 specification this morning via a press release. OpenGL 3.2 is designed to increase the graphics performance and visual quality of applications along with better portability for Direct3D applications. As part of OpenGL 3.2, there is now also GLSL 1.5. Version 1.5 is another update to the GL Shading Language.

The Khronos Group has also defined five new ARB extensions with OpenGL 3.2 that are designed for use with newer GPUs / drivers. NVIDIA already has a beta out of their OpenGL 3.2 Linux driver while a stable one will likely be a few weeks out. AMD is too working on OpenGL 3.2 for their Catalyst Linux driver, but based upon their past actions, it will likely be a few months before seeing such support. When it comes to the open-source graphics drivers, OpenGL 3.2 / GLSL 1.5 is now yet another thing to be worked on for Gallium3D with VMware currently working on a OpenGL 3.1 state tracker. Intel might end up adding OpenGL 3.x support to classic Mesa for use in their 3D hardware driver, but that is still being decided.

The OpenGL 3.2 specification can be viewed within the OpenGL Registry.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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