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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Vector desktop has been done
by Caleb Shay on Wed 24th Mar 2004 17:41 UTC

IRIX has had vector based icons for years.

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However, if you don't have an SGI you can still get a Gnome iconset of the IRIX icons from

http://www.webninja.com/files/Iris-0.4.tar.bz2

You can see a screenshot of some of the icons here

http://www.webninja.com/files/fti2svg.png

And you can get the perl script that turns IRIX .fti icons into .svg files here

http://www.webninja.com/files/fti2svg.pl
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