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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vector ui
by theorz on Wed 12th Nov 2003 16:25 UTC

The linux desktop is going vector really quickly. All of this svg stuff is vector graphics. All of the svg icon themes you see are vector based. Today there are a number of people running vector based icons. The gnome-themes-extras package contains a number of svg icon themes.

The problem right now is that it is all rendered in software. This is where the Cairo project comes in (also doen by Keith). It provides a nice api for drawing vector graphics with an xrender backend. xrender is an x extention to do rendering operations that is designed to be hardware accellerated.

So yes, by the time longhorn comes out linux should have a vector based, hardware accellerated gui to compete. A lot of the artwork is done now, much of the interface is done now, the cairo hardware rendering need work, and the different parts need some assembling. To try cario rendered vector widgets check out: http://gtk-themes.cairographics.org/ .