There isn't a single blog/site out there that shows how graphics technologies evolved over time, how and why they became what they're now. If anyone can shed some light on it, it would be great.
See, back in late 80s, Logo/Turtle was awesome enough to blow my mind off. I was 6 yrs old and it seriously seemed like out-of-the-world to me. Then somewhere in late 90s with on-chip FPU, Pentium, MMX I came across VESA and I was happy pushing pixels with
INT 10h. I even went so far as to create a rudimentary stacked windowing system just for fun (which was bad at clipping though). By the turn of millennium I started hearing Sci-Fi words like OpenGL, DirectX, NVIDIA and I couldn't follow these technologies any more. My high-school math didn't prepare me for that. And that was the end of it.
Lately, I decided, I'll give one last try and went about installing libSDL. To my surprise, there's way more technologies than I can barely make sense of. I kid you not!
$ sudo apt-get install libsdl2-dev Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: libasound2-dev libdbus-1-dev libdrm-dev libegl1-mesa-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libgles2-mesa-dev libglib2.0-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libice-dev libmirclient-dev libmircommon-dev libmircookie-dev libmircookie2 libmircore-dev libprotobuf-dev libpthread-stubs0-dev libpulse-dev libsdl2-2.0-0 libsm-dev libsndio-dev libsndio6.1 libudev-dev libwayland-bin libwayland-dev libx11-dev libx11-xcb-dev libxau-dev libxcb-dri2-0-dev libxcb-dri3-dev libxcb-glx0-dev libxcb-present-dev libxcb-randr0-dev libxcb-render0-dev libxcb-shape0-dev libxcb-sync-dev libxcb-xfixes0-dev libxcb1-dev libxcursor-dev libxdamage-dev libxdmcp-dev libxext-dev libxfixes-dev libxi-dev libxinerama-dev libxkbcommon-dev libxrandr-dev libxrender-dev libxshmfence-dev libxss-dev libxt-dev libxv-dev libxxf86vm-dev mesa-common-dev x11proto-core-dev x11proto-damage-dev x11proto-dri2-dev x11proto-fixes-dev x11proto-gl-dev x11proto-input-dev x11proto-kb-dev x11proto-randr-dev x11proto-render-dev x11proto-scrnsaver-dev x11proto-video-dev x11proto-xext-dev x11proto-xf86vidmode-dev x11proto-xinerama-dev xorg-sgml-doctools xtrans-dev
I know some are related to D-Bus and U-dev and possibly unrelated to this question. But what I don't understand is how the rest of these technologies fit in.
Learning how they evolved over time would help me understand how all these technologies form the ecosystem that they work in. As a side effect, it will also help me appreciate the complex nature of the libraries and the underlying hardware. Hence the question.