[Mesa-dev] Interested in contributing to WGL support in Waffle Project, for GSoC 2014

Vidudaya Bandara vnbandara at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 08:50:04 PDT 2014

This is about  project "WGL support in Waffle" for GSoC 2014.

As the idea page mentioned Jordan Justen is the possible mentor for this
project . So is it confirmed or is there anyone who can mentor the project
"WGL support in Waffle".

Thanks and Best Regards,
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On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM, Vidudaya Bandara <vnbandara at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Chad,
> Thank you for your very detailed description about the project Idea.
> It Increases my Interest  about this Idea.
> First of all I thought the mentor is Jordan Justen (As the Idea page
> says). If he is not please tell me how should I get a mentor to this
> project.
> As it says I think I have to work with windows environment (I'm very much
> familiar with windows and most of my work done in windows environment) . So
> it wont be a bigger challenge to me.
> *So first of all I think I should have a mentor. Can you please help me
> with that.*
> And of course although you are not familiar with programming in a Windows
> environment.  If you can guide me through this, to get a basic
> understanding about X.org and Waffle and WGL to enter to the project it
> will be very much helpful.
> Please give me some resources, reading materials , tutorials ... anything.
> By the way I don't know without a mentor it is useful or not. But I would
> like to give a try.
> Thanks and best regards,
> Vidudaya
> On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:26 AM, Chad Versace <
> chad.versace at linux.intel.com> wrote:
>> Vidudaya,
>> I have some comments on Jordan's list of subgoals.
>>     1. Waffle's examples/gl_basic.c
>>        gl_basic is a little toy program that developers can use to test
>>        Waffle when adding support for new platforms, such as WGL.  If
>>        you can get gl_basic to work on WGL, then that will prove that
>>        Waffle (mostly) supports WGL.
>>        Even after gl_basic begins working for a new platform, there will
>>        remain some bugs and unimplemented corner cases for that
>>        platform. But, gl_basic is the right place to start when working
>>        on WGL.
>>     2. Waffle's src/utils/wflinfo.c
>>        wflinfo is a little tool that works like glxinfo. It prints
>>        information about the system's GL implementation, such as the
>>        system's OpenGL version and available extensions. It works for
>>        OpenGL Core contexts, OpenGL Compatibility contexts, and OpenGL
>>        ES contexts.
>>     3. piglit test suite running tests on Windows using waffle
>>        This is the real reason why I want Waffle to support WGL. If
>>        Waffle supported WGL, then Piglit could use a single
>>        platform-abstraction layer for every window system and operating
>>        system. Currently, Piglit uses GLUT as the platform-abstraction
>>        layer for Windows and Mac; and uses Waffle for Linux and Android.
>>        (Yes, some people have private forks of Piglit that run on
>>        Android).
>>     4. Package binary waffle for windows
>>        This is a nice-to-have. Today, there exist official Waffle
>> packages for
>>        Gentoo, Chromium OS, and Linux. And Jordan is working on a Debian
>>        package. And I have a MacPorts package that I intend to add to
>>        the official MacPorts repository.
>> If you accomplished the first two subgoals, then I would consider your
>> summer of code project a success. Then others could build on top of your
>> work to finish #3. If you also accomplish #3, then it would be an
>> astounding success.
>> -Chad
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