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 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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by Archie Steel on Wed 12th Nov 2003 05:31 UTC

Actually, the reasons the fonts look so good isn't necessarily because of the bytecode interpreter, but rather of the dramatic hinting improvements integrated into freetype, some of which were provided by David Chester.

I don't have the bytecode interpreter turned on, and still I get great-looking fonts:

I've tried turning it on, and frankly the (anti-aliased) fonts look better with only the freetype hinting. Non-anti-aliased fonts do look better with the bytecode interpreter on, however.