Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Jul 2003 18:26 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep Every so often I have this urge (maybe more of an itch) to spend hours and hours on the web trying to find information about old, obsolete computers of the past. I am intrigued by the XEROX Alto and Star ('70s-'82), the Apple Lisa ('83) and, of course, CRAYs ('75-ish). These were revolutionary machines indeed, they wrote golden pages in the history of computing. In the end of the 1980s, a new innovative product was ready to ship, created by a bunch of people coming from Apple: The NeXT platform.
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Re: What is GNUstep missing?
by Nicolas Roard on Wed 16th Jul 2003 02:15 UTC

Is it just the Display PostScript implementation (or substitute) that isn't available yet, or more than that?

No... I believe the lack of a good DPS implementation was one of the reason the GNUstep project progressed slowly at one point...

But now, it's nicely redesigned in 3 parts : 1) base (FoundationKit) 2) gui (AppKit) and 3) back (the graphic backend). Currently, there are 2 quite well supported backends : the (still) default xlib backend and the newer (and imho vastly superior) art backend. The art backend uses libart for all the drawing and freefont for handling the fonts (yet it works on X11 of course). It's very nice because it handles graphic compositing nicely and everything is antialiased. There are also, "in works", a backend using ghostview, and a Windows backend. What's good now is that GNUstep isn't tied at all to a backend. A directfb backend for example wouldn't be too hard to code I believe.

So what's needed for GNUstep ? well, mostly, coders :-) to 1) fix the remaining bugs 2) develop applications using the framework