Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:43 UTC, submitted by John
X11, Window Managers The new X Server developed under the sponsorship of freedesktop.org is aiming at replacing XFree86. Some code will be re-used but the core will be rewritten by Keith Packard and others. The new X server features full support for transparency, and has window-level image compositing among other things. Check out the screenshots (one more added, now there are four shots).
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font shakedown
by seltrus on Wed 12th Nov 2003 01:40 UTC

here is the font scoop: the font rendering in the screenshot is nothing new, i have the exact same rendering. the issue is in the freetype bytecode interpreter. this interpreter is off by default in mandrake and redhat, but on by default in suse, and gentoo, and i think debian also (havent used debian in a while). the interpreter makes fonts look 'thinner' but it helps a lot at low resolutions and on LCDs for subpixel hinting. on CRT's and/or high resolution, the bytecode interpreter off isnt a big deal, but its a matter of personal preference. its a compile time option of freetype, and it is patented in some regions by Adobe.