Phoronix: Linux Foundation To Take Stab At 3D Patent Issue
This week at the X Developers' Conference there was a talk surrounding OpenGL 3.x and its lack of complete support within the latest Mesa code. While development manpower can end up be limiting, there are also some patent / legal issues surrounding this with regard to some parts of core OpenGL being covered by such inhibitive patents...
Ian has represented the open-source community diligently for quite a few years as a member of the OpenGL ARB. He's a very skilled and intelligent person, and is widely regarded as one of the people that have made open-source accelerated 3D possible.
If you'd like to fork, the code is right in front of you. Have fun.