I was looking into attempting some kind of GPU skinning, so I thought I would take a look at the Panda solution.
It appears that the munger will not do the hardware skinning because
returns 0. Looking deeper, this is because _supports_vertex_blend in the GSG is false. It is set with
_supports_vertex_blend = has_extension("GL_ARB_vertex_blend");
This extension seems to have been created very long ago (OpenGL 1.x) and although I have a semi-recent GPU, I would expect that it should be supported by even an older card.
So why then do I seem to not have this extension (or why is Panda reporting I don’t have it)? I have a 9800GTX with up-to-date drivers.