On my Mint 19, 32 bit, I've got this information:

$ inxi -Gx shows the next lines...

Device-1: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML
Vendor: Dell, Driver: Intel
Display: x11, server: x.org 1.19.6, 
Driver: i945, v: "kernel", 
busID: "00:02.0", resolution: 1366x768 (60Hz)
unloaded: fdev, modesetting, vesa
Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2
v: 1.4 Mesa 18.0.5, direct render: yes

$ glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version" shows next line...

OpenGL version = 1.4 Mesa 18.0.5

When I execute Blender from terminal won't run and leaves a message...

Blender (2.79) requires OpenGL 2.1

• Apparently my system is using an alternative to OpenGL which is Mesa. But, is that Mesa version insufficient to run Blender? Is there any chance I can get to run Blender using a command line option similar to... $ blender --mesa-mode, or... $ blender --opengl-nocheck?

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    $\begingroup$ TL;DR: Your chipset is too old, it doesn't support OpenGL 2.1. Long version: Mesa is not an alternative, it's the only possibility to get 3D acceleration for Intel-based chipsets on GNU/Linux. Intel provides drivers in source form, but they are inferior in any point compared to Mesa. $\endgroup$ – metaphor_set May 7 '19 at 0:20

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