Linked by Diego Calleja on Fri 15th Apr 2005 20:49 UTC
X11, Window Managers Some Trolltech programmers are doing some optimization work in the RENDER extension. RENDER has been used with COMPOSITE to make "transparency" and "shadow" effects, and its slowness has stopped it from being widely adopted. Hopefully, this optimization work will make things better, although it's not clear in the email if this addresses the "XAA sucks, someone needs to take KAA to" problem which is often said to be the real problem of render slowness. RENDER is also often used to do more things, like AA fonts, so this will be good for X desktop in general.
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XGL is the future... hopefully soon.
by Anonymous on Sun 17th Apr 2005 12:10 UTC

I figure that for this stuff to be realy accepted you'd have to move it to OpenGL-based for the real performance enhancement...

The 2d portions of a GPU core are tiny compared to the 3d portions.. they are much more capable.