About this Wiki
This Wiki is an attempt to collect answers to frequently asked questions on the OpenGL.org forums. The hope is that by using a Wiki rather than a classic FAQ page, the information contained here will be kept relevant and up to date. If you would like to contribute to this wiki please send a request to webmaster(at)opengl(dot)org, stating your opengl.org account, your interest and your experience level.
Discusses the things you need to know before you can get started with OpenGL. This includes how to set up OpenGL runtime libraries on your system, as well as information on setting up your development environment.
Explains the basics of the OpenGL API and answers the most frequently asked questions about it.
Introduces OpenGL's extension mechanism, and elaborates on the many extensions that are available.
Discusses the shading languages available for programmable vertex and fragment processing in OpenGL.
Offers various performance guidelines for OpenGL applications.
Math and algorithms
Offers API-agnostic discussion of 3D application design, rendering techniques, 3D maths, and other topics related to computer graphics.
Focuses on OS-dependent issues that OpenGL applications may bump into.
Discusses the peculiarities of the different video cards and drivers that are out there.
Related toolkits and APIs
Provides an overview of various OpenGL toolkits (GLU, Glut, extension loading libraries, ...), higher-level APIs and other utility libraries.
Information on software languages that support OpenGL
History of OpenGL
OpenGL 1.0 began life as an Open replacement for Iris GL, and after many releases we have OpenGL 2.0 today.