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Nvidia OpenGL Configuration mini-HOWTO

Robert B Easter

        reaster@reaster.com
        

Revision History
Revision v1.102002-01-31Revised by: rbe

This mini-HOWTO is about how to install the OpenGL drivers for Nvidia graphics cards on Linux. In addition to just installing the Nvidia drivers, this mini-HOWTO also explains how to install XFree86, the OpenGL Utility library (part of Mesa), the OpenGL Utility Toolkit (glut), the full set of OpenGL manpages, Qt and its OpenGL extension, and Java and its Java 3D extension so that a user can have a complete runtime and development environment for OpenGL applications on Linux.

Note that some of this material may be out of date. The author has attempted to update this material but has not had time to test all the procedures. Nevertheless, this document should still provide a decent overview of what is involved. If you spot errors please contact the author.


Table of Contents
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Copyright and Licenses
Disclaimer
Contributors
1. Introduction
2. Download the software packages
2.1. Linux Kernel >= 2.2.12 Required
2.2. XFree86 4.0 or later
2.3. OpenGL man pages
2.4. Mesa 3D
2.5. Qt
2.6. NVIDIA drivers (Mesa libGL replacement)
2.7. Java 2 SDK, Java 3D extension, and Java PlugIn for Netscape (optional)
3. Install Software
3.1. README and INSTALL files
3.2. Install XFree86
3.3. Install Mesa
3.4. Install Nvidia OpenGL drivers
3.5. Install Qt
3.6. Install GLUT 3.7 Distribution (optional)
3.7. Install Java 3D (optional)
4. Final Comments
A. GNU Free Documentation License
A.1. GNU FDL Version, and Copyright Notice
A.2. PREAMBLE
A.3. APPLICABILITY AND DEFINITIONS
A.4. VERBATIM COPYING
A.5. COPYING IN QUANTITY
A.6. MODIFICATIONS
A.7. COMBINING DOCUMENTS
A.8. COLLECTIONS OF DOCUMENTS
A.9. AGGREGATION WITH INDEPENDENT WORKS
A.10. TRANSLATION
A.11. TERMINATION
A.12. FUTURE REVISIONS OF THIS LICENSE
A.13. How to use this License for your documents