From: John Stone (
Date: Mon Aug 26 2002 - 11:10:48 CDT

Hi Peter,
  I know that the DTI people had previously sent me an email to let me
know that VMD worked for them when they tried it under Windows, but nobody
has previously told me anything about whether these panels work well with
the existing crop of Linux video drivers. VMD currently work with the Eye3D
glasses on Linux, using a scanline-interleaved stereo mode, and should work
with similar devices, regardless of video driver assuming that your video
board supports an OpenGL stencil buffer (most cards do now...).

While I was at Siggraph I talked with all of the video board vendors I could
meet with, and asked them all about free Linux drivers for the regular
XFree86 distributions:

The ATI guys claimed to have fully working quad-buffered stereo on their
high-end FireGL boards under Linux. ATI's supported Linux drivers are only
for their high-end FireGL boards, there are other Linux drivers for their
consumer boards but these aren't supported by ATI and don't do stereo etc.

NVidia doesn't yet have stereo support in their OpenGL drivers for Linux,
I've heard a few things on this but am not allowed to comment specifically yet.

3DLabs didn't have Linux drivers for the Wildcat cards yet, but they are
working on it, I didn't recall hearing a solid date for these yet, but I'd
expect they'll have full stereo support since all of their cards can do it.

If anyone else has experience or comments on this, please speak up.
I know a few people have the XIG X servers, but I don't have any recent
personal experience with them, so I can't say much there.

  John Stone

On Fri, Aug 23, 2002 at 11:12:23PM -0600, Peter Tieleman wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a couple of questions about stereo displaying and linux. Does
> anyone have experience with the stereo LCD panels from DTI and vmd? Is
> there a way of making them work on a linux machine? I searched the
> mailinglist archive and questions about stereo on linux have come up a
> number of times, but as far as I can tell not for recent versions of
> vmd. Is there a way to run vmd in stereo mode on linux?
> An unrelated problem, but has anyone tried to install vmd in a Sun cave?
> Should I expect any problems with running vmd in that environment?
> Best wishes,
> Peter

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