VMWare & Software render - updates

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VMWare & Software render - updates

MichaelAtOz
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In case there are others running OpenSCAD in VMWare VMs.

I'm running VMWare Workstation Player 14, hosted on Windows 7-64.
It runs a VM of my previous metal based Windows 7-64 desktop system, as the metal was dying.
From a Debian system I access the VM via FreeRDP.
I did that a couple of years ago, intending to migrate functions to Debian. (tardily)

To get OpenSCAD working on the VM, I had to implement S/W based rendering, using an OpenGL DLL.
Without it I got a capability warning, as it only supported OpenGL 1.??.

Recently Windows Update, in the VM, offered up an Optional Update, VMware, Inc. - Display - 8.17.2.14.

tl;dr
    After installing it I no longer need the DLL. It's still S/W render, but built in the driver.
    Help/Library-info shows
        OpenGL Version: 3.1 Mesa 20.2.0-devel (git-bced9b46e7)
        GL Renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 5.0, 256 bits)
        GL Vendor: VMware, Inc.

Longer story.
I was having memory leeks on the host which looked like they were from the VM.
So I looked for a VMWare update.
v16 said 'Support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 in the Guest' - oh good.
However they dropped support for Windows 7 - oh not good.

So if you have Windows 8+ you can get built in OpenGL 4 support in VMs.

That was why, after the driver update, I tested OpenSCAD without the DLL.
And it works. So far.
I'll see if performance has changed.

I note Workstation Player 15.5 is the last to support Windows 7 (SP1) as host,
I may give that a go. Sometime.
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MichaelAtOz
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Well that didn't take long, performance is crap with a complex models, unusable.
Looks like I'll use the DLL again. Then see if 15.5 does anything better...
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