Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Oct 2007 20:38 UTC, submitted by Hiev
GTK+ "Ars was at FOSSCamp this weekend. Think of FOSSCamp as an 'un-conference' without a set agenda where the minds behind open source projects get together and plot world domination (and, err, ways to improve their code). One fascinating session (and one that shows how FOSSCamp works and why it's so productive) was given by Mirco Muller, who discussed using OpenGL in GTK applications. Muller - the developer behind Cairo-Clock and the LowFat image viewer - talked about the state of OpenGL support in desktop applications and described various techniques that developers can use to make OpenGL content integrate better with conventional GTK user interfaces."
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RE: "Richer" = "Wasted Cycles"
by Hands on Tue 30th Oct 2007 23:01 UTC in reply to ""Richer" = "Wasted Cycles""
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Eye candy isn't the only use for 3D implementations that are capable of taking advantage of the graphics card. Someone over at OOo has been developing an extension that allows Impress to leverage DirectX for presentations. The result is an improvement in performance because the CPU is actually relieved of work by offloading appropriate tasks. I would have preferred to see the work done in OpenGL, but it is an example of a more effective use of graphics.

I realize that some people will want to use OpenGL for eye candy, and to be honest, I really don't care as long as it doesn't get in my way. If it does though, I'll just turn it off or use a different program.

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