Hello. I’m in a computer graphics course, and openGL is the rendering software we are using. I’m trying to install everything I need at home. I have a graphics card that definitely supports openGL (nvidia 8600 GS). I’m running ubuntu 9.10. When I first logged on, a window came up in X windows and asked me to install the nvidia drivers, so I did. If on the desktop I go to System>Admininstration>Hardware Drivers it displays it there: version 185. Also available is the Nvidia X server settings, which seems to verify that it installed correctly (I can use desktop effects).
According to my teacher, installing the drivers should be all I need to use openGL. But when I search my computer, I can’t find any header files whatsoever. I’ve searched in /usr/include mainly.
What I need is help ‘installing’ openGL. I’m trying to use native openGL rather than Mesa, which is why I haven’t used it yet. Does anyone know how to make the needed files available? I’m not an adept linux user so I’d need reasonable instructions.
One thing I have tried is downloading a driver from Nvidia site. I exited xwindows and set runlevel to 3, then tried to install the .run file. It failed, saying that there was some issue with my kernel. When it tried to auto install it again failed, and I didn’t understand the output it gave me.
If there are header files available that will let me use it just the same as if it was native then that would be fine.
Thanks alot for your help.