Linked by vivainio on Thu 14th Oct 2010 11:31 UTC
KDE In his lengthy and interesting blog post covering the future of Plasma, KDE's Aaron Seigo proposes Qt Quick and QML (a declarative language that embeds JavaScript) as replacement of the Graphics View architecture currently used by Plasma. This holds a promise of massive speedups and cheap effects as all paint operations become candidates for OpenGL acceleration, contrary to the aging Graphics View architecture that is still stuck with various inefficiencies caused by the underlying QPainter approach. Expressiveness and easy programmability of QML is a nice bonus, of course.
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OpenGL only
by smitty on Fri 15th Oct 2010 02:54 UTC
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I'm not too sure what i think about OpenGL being required either, but note the following:

1. Gnome 3 also has the same philosophy.

2. This won't be ready to switch over to the SceneGraph tech for 2 years, possibly 3.

3. By that time, it's entirely possible that LLVMPipe will be able to render basic desktop 3d (without effects enabled) at an acceptable speed, even if it is slow. Just like VESA can render 2D but not very fast.

4. The SceneGraph is under heavy development right now, and it's entirely possible it will be given a non-3D rendering backend.

Edited 2010-10-15 02:56 UTC

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