Linked by Adam S on Sat 25th Jun 2005 19:56 UTC, submitted by Diego Calleja
X11, Window Managers A new acceleration architecture is being ported from kdrive by some QT developers, which will make composition managers like xcompmgr really fast and able to do some of the "display tricks" MacOS X has been doing for awhile.
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by dumbkiwi on Sat 25th Jun 2005 23:53 UTC

As far as I can see, XAA is a part of the X server. It is responsible for some accelerated rendering. However, apparently it doesn't work that well any more with modern desktops - it accelerates the wrong things. So this guy has implemented a new accelerated renderer that replaces XAA - he's used something from an experimental X implimentation called kDrive.

It would appear that this makes the composite extensions in useable on lower end hardware (ie without 3D acceleration). It would appear that it doesn't use GL to do this.

All this information is in the article - just a matter of reading it.

Whether it's great news - who knows until we see it working?