Again, it's great to see OpenGL being integrated into Linux X11
Servers, so that they can more directly implement OpenGL in hardware.
Keep in mind that OpenGL has been available on X11 servers for quite
some time, using ICCCM conventions - but it required that the server
also have some sort of Window manager on that same box. Linux had PEX
(Phigs Extension to X) and OpenGL extension to X was introduced by
Silicon Graphics several years ago as part of VRML, and later OpenGL
extensions to ICCCM.
The really great thing about both this announcement and the SUSE
announcement of OpenGL support - is a direct effort to go after the
desktop in a very "official" way. My guess is that the next releases
of Linux, especially SUSE and Red Hat will be really exciting. There
are some good VRML libraries, and some really good OpenGL libraries and
applications. It should be fun to see what happens - and more
importantly, the impact on corporate desktops and laptops.