Linked by Christian F.K. Schaller on Tue 23rd Mar 2004 19:25 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Computer graphics have long been dominated by bitmapped images. However, the free software community has taken an innovative lead by adopting scalable graphic formats on its desktops. Inthis article I cover the history and rise of scalable graphics on the desktop from my angle - as a proponent of its use in the GNOME platform. This article mostly focuses on SVG's progress from a GNOME point of view, both because GNOME has progressed the furthest and because I am most knowledgable with GNOME's efforts. I will however mention major landmarks in other projects where appropriate.
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Re Vector Graphics on the Desktop
by Zoont Foomby on Tue 23rd Mar 2004 21:33 UTC

Someone pointed out that Vector graphics have been used in a desktop system by both NeXT and Mac OS X. To clarify, wherever else they have been used in the desktop system, I do not believe the icons in either of those systems are vector format images. I know they are bitmaps in OS X, and I know that in NeXT when I create a new Icon it is done with a bitmap editor. Perhaps some of the icons in NeXT are vector format images, but I doubt it.

However, Yellowtab Zeta and the Fat Tracker hack for BeOS which it bases its tracker on do put SVG icons on the desktop. They also put large bitmap icons on the desktop - you can choose either. That was the first place I saw SVG icons, and man are they sweet.