Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Oct 2008 22:32 UTC, submitted by Eric Masson
X11, Window Managers Most of you will be familiar with Silicon Graphics, Inc., once the proud leader in the graphics workstations market with their high-end MIPS workstations, running the UNIX System V based IRIX operating system. The company has been in steady decline for a long time now, and two years ago it put an end to its MIPS product line, favouring processors from Intel. Back to IRIX - it has many assets and good features (XFS, for instance), and the IRIX Interactive Desktop was certainly one of them. Sadly, it never properly made its way out of IRIX, but this is now being worked on, with the full support from SGI.
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RE[2]: Don't get me wrong ...
by _txf_ on Thu 9th Oct 2008 14:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Don't get me wrong ..."
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As far as I'm aware all major modern window managers and toolkit offload operations in various degrees to the gpu.

The fact that they are using a compositing manager suggests that they too want a certain degree of "enhancing", because compositing involves extra operations so it will be slower than drawing pixmaps directly to the frame buffer. What compositing does is that makes it appear smoother i.e. no flashing when pixmaps update or pixmap tearing (because textures are updated off screen and then shown).

Edited 2008-10-09 14:16 UTC

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