The Mesa 3D Graphics Library 10.3.1
Provides OpenGL support to Linux and UNIX platforms
Mesa can be used in a wide range of environments, grazing from complete hardware acceleration for modern graphics processing units to traditional software emulation, based on a plethora of device drivers. The project provides OpenGL support to Linux and UNIX platforms on top of an existing X.Org (X11 Window System) display server, and ties into other open source projects, including the Direct Rendering Infrastructure (DRI).
Mesa or the Mesa 3D graphics library
Because of legal reasons, users shouldn’t refer to the Mesa library as MesaGL. It's just Mesa or the Mesa 3D graphics library. By default, it’s supported on Linux and FreeBSD operating systems, as well as other Unices. Mesa was initially created in August 1993 by Brian E. Paul, a computer programmer awarded with the Free Software Award by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). He’s still maintaining the project, which is now hosted by freedesktop.org.
It's included by default in many Linux distributions
During all of these years, the Mesa 3D graphics library received contributions from major companies like Intel, VMware and AMD, as well as various talented developers. By now, Mesa is included by default in many Linux distributions. If not, it is automatically installed along with open source or proprietary video drivers for Intel, Nvidia and AMD/ATI graphics cards.
An interesting fact is that when one tries to remove the main Mesa package from a Linux installation, it will draw after it so many other important applications, core components and libraries that the system will no longer be useful.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on September 20th, 2014
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Application descriptionThe Mesa 3D Graphics Library or simply Mesa is an open source library software that provides support for 3D elements o...