[Live-demo] OSGeo-Live 4.5 - OSGEarth

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sun Feb 27 20:58:58 PST 2011

On 28/02/11 14:29, Hamish wrote:
> Cameron wrote:
>> It might be the case that OSGEarth doesn't work without
>> OpenGL support. If that is the case, is it possible to fail
>> gracefully? Eg: In a wrapper bash script test for the
>> existence of OpenGL. If it doesn't exist, present up popup
>> alert stating "This computer seems to be missing OpenGL
>> support is required to fully make use of OGLEarth. Elements
>> of this program will not work as expected."
> Virtual Machines + OpenGL are a know problem (bug) industry wide. AFAIK
> we've done all we can and are installing everything needed, and if the
> ISO is burnt onto a physical DVD or USB stick and booted from that then
> everything works correctly.
> not much we can do about it. hopefully a newer version of VirtualBox or
> whatever makes this better.
> Hamish

I expect that a significant proportion of our users will test OSGeo-Live 
from a Virtual Machine. (I guess 20% to 30%). Maybe we should test to 
see if the application is being run inside a VM, and provide a popup 
warning if so. Is it possible to test if you are running in a VM?

Cameron Shorter
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