Mesa3D is a free (free beer and free speech) implementation of the OpenGL API. It has recently been approved by the ARB as an official OpenGL implementation after passing the OpenGL conformance tests. However, its usefulness is in question since SGI released as Open Source its sample implementation. It also included an implementation of the GLU component.

Still, it was an incredibly useful piece of software and important, especially for the Linux community. It provided a 3D API that continues to live on in various installations, particularly its incorporation into XFree86 4 as part of the DRI. It was written by Brian Paul.

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