can any one give me some help installing the opengl interface library? i
downloaded it and ran the extconf.rb script which created the makefile,
i think next i type make? but it complains that it can't find GL/glut.h.
i'm running debian, and i did apt-get install mesag3 and apt-get source
mesag3 already, as i thought i would need to. help?

related: i've been writing a complex web application, but as it's
turning out once again (i first tried using zope, now ruby) there are
just too many problems. first, its so slow, and second, web apps just
have a terribly crippled user interface. i tried using javascript to
help with these issues, but cross-compatability turned into a nightmare,
not to mention that javascript/DOM is a pain in the !@#$ to code.

so i looked at the GUI interfaces available for ruby. and all seem to
have serious shortcomings. tk has no dropdown widget. gtk+ is unstable
on windows. everything else excrpt fxruby looks to alpha-ish. i guess
fxruby looks the most promising. recommendations?

but then i though, why hasn't any one created a forms gui kit using
purely open gl? and so decided i might look into it. hence my first
question.

personally i'd like to not have to throw out most of the work i've done
on this web app, but i don't see any reasonable way to get better
dynamicism and speed. suggestions?

~transami


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~transami

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
 temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
	-- Benjamin Franklin