Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Aug 2008 13:48 UTC, submitted by jcornuz
GTK+ Red Hat's David Zeuthen blogged today about the huge patch he submitted to GTK+ that will allow the toolkit to achieve resolution independence - widget and font size adapting to your screen's real estate; no more tiny application lost in the corner of your high resolution screen. Although more work is obviously required, Zeuthen's idea is to use RI as the hot-new-feature selling point of the upcoming 3.0 GTK+ release. Discussion is going on in the gtk-devel mailing list and there is an ogg video of the feature in action.
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Yay for Resolution Independence!
by asupcb on Thu 7th Aug 2008 15:48 UTC
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I hope that the GTK+ hackers do get GTK+ 3.0 ready for full use with Resolution Independence. What other parts of the software stack would have to be modified in order to make Resolution Independence work? Does have to be modified? What about the Window Manager and other aspects of the desktop environment?

If GTK+ 3.0 is made RI then how many more parts of the software stack must be modified until I can have my 300dpi monitor?

Also does anyone know a site that keeps up with issues relating to Resolution Independence? How far along are the other operating systems in this regard? How much longer until Windows, Mac OS X, KDE, and XFCE support RI and what work is left to be done before full support can be added to each of those systems?

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How much must be modified? I think not that much.

GKT is what paints, mostly, so if you modify GTK, it should work pretty neath. Sure, you'd probably need more hardware acceleration, and you'll bump in driver issues and X issues if you use it (like KDE 4 does). But that's not too bad. The most annoying thing will be inconsistency with other apps. KDE will probably have this within a year, so if gnome does with 3.0 and it makes it's current schedule, they'll be there together - would be good, imho. If they both make it at the same time.

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