Linked by Kaj de Vos on Tue 8th Jun 2010 22:07 UTC
Syllable, AtheOS

The Syllable project is pleased to announce that the reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated, and that the new version 0.4 of Syllable Server has been released. This release focuses on maturing existing functionality, improving security, ongoing system restructuring, and making the system a suitable base for third-party package managers. Although the project admits it hasn't brought its unicorn factory online yet, extensive work was done on the nitty-gritty, so the full change log is quite long.

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RE[10]: Cool, I guess...
by Kaj-de-Vos on Wed 9th Jun 2010 17:42 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Cool, I guess..."
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Question : if I run several CPU-hogging apps (something in the vein of while(1);) in a terminal, does a DirectFB desktop remain responsive, unlike something based on X ?

This can't be answered as such, because DirectFB is a low-level video subsystem. You can run X on top of it, and then you get the characteristic X (non-)performance, of course. There have been some projects to implement a native toolkit on top of DirectFB, but we don't intend to use them. Our plan has always been to put the Syllable Desktop AppServer on top of DirectFB, and then we expect to get the characteristic Syllable performance. This will be modified by the performances of the underlying kernels, but we expect the differences in GUI responsiveness to be limited, because it is dominated by the graphics server architecture.

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