[rescue] NeWS (was: FS/FTGH: Sun kit)

Joshua Boyd jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Wed Jan 18 09:00:04 CST 2006

On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 01:28:01AM -0500, der Mouse wrote:

> DPS?  Not "better" - not even a starter - until there's an open-source
> implementation I can FTP over, port to my hardware, and play around
> with.

What is wrong with DGS then?  Aside from the fact that it is reportedly
extremely slow.  Try googling "display ghostscript extension".  Of
course, it doesn't look like there has been any work on it for 5 years.  
> > I just can't believe that X11 is the best the industry can do.
> It's not.  But it's about the best the open-source industry cares to
> bother to do, it appears.

There are other alternatives that may be acceptable to some people.  On
my todo list is to get DirectFB running.  For my purposes, I just want
one full screen hardware accelerated program, that hopefully won't
require too many resources from the machine.  I'm hoping that DirectFB
will be much lighter weight than X11.  For one thing, I want to be able
to squeeze the entire linux system down to 64MB, on a compact flash card.

However, it appears that people have ported SDL and GTK to run directly
on top of DirectFB (neither of which do I plan to use), and have written
window managers for having multiple non-X11 programs running on DirectFB.
> > I still wish that OpenStep had caught on -
> In some ways so do I.  But as long as it was closed there wasn't much
> chance of that.  As I said, I attribute X's dominance to open source
> and free sample implementations far more than to technical merit.

So what are your thoughts on GNUstep then?

Joshua D. Boyd
jdboyd at jdboyd.net

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