No, you actually got it right. There absolutely should be an official open/free implementation of it. My comment was just there to point out that people had been talking about free software before 1998, there is no reason such a free implementation should have been off the table at the time.
Originally Posted by bridgman
If I got it right, Mesa is a generic implementation of OpenGL (Wikipedia). What I'm saying is that maybe the entity behind OpenGL should have had been doing something similar to Mesa from the beginning as a reference implementation...
Originally Posted by ShadowBane