SUMMARY:OpenGL display on Sparc5

From: David R Courtade (
Date: Sat May 25 1996 - 07:02:30 CDT

It's been a while, but it took a while for the final answer to come in.
Thanks Trevor. While some of the display from SGI can be displayed, it is
only that part which is strictly X. The OpenGL code (3D display
particularly) is not supported. Full andwers and original post below.

Thanks for reponses to:

Trevor Paquette <>
Bob Reardon <>
Ningping Fan <>

David R. Courtade
System Administrator
Amherst Systems Inc.
30 Wilson Rd.
Buffalo, N.Y. 14221
Phone: (716)631-0610
FAX: (716)631-0629

Original Post:

> Guess I'm not really sure where to start. We have some SGI INdigo 2
> machines here, and folks are asking if we can use our Sparc 5's as
> displays for these machines. What video cards are required? What software
> if any? I would appreciate any help you can send. As always, summary will
> follow.


>From Sat May 25 07:48:54 1996
Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 13:03:50 -0600
From: Trevor Paquette <>
To: David R Courtade <>
Subject: Re: OpenGL display on Sparc5

You can only display GL/OpenGL to machines that support it. As of now Sun
does NOT support OpenGL, but will in the future. GL is NOT the same as X and
alot of people easily confuse the two.


>From Sat May 25 07:49:09 1996
Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 11:16:01 -0500
From: Bob Reardon <>
Subject: Re: OpenGL display on Sparc5

  If all machines are networked, and if the applications are using
Xwindows, then no special hardware should be needed...


>From Sat May 25 07:49:17 1996
Date: Thu, 16 May 96 13:50:56 EDT
From: Ningping Fan <>
Subject: Re: OpenGL display on Sparc5

Because SGI is X-window, you should be able to rlogin to SGI machine,
then setenv DISPLAY sun.machine:0.0, then rundisplay.

Although SGI uses OpenGL, which Sun has an unboudled OpenGL software,
in that case, you could get the source code from SGI to sun, and then
recompile it with the Sun's OpenGL lib, then the SGI software will
be ported to Sun. However, this is not "using Sparc for display of

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