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Linux user Tess Flynn joins us to follow up on the feedback from last week's episode about Xorg.
I don't understand why people seem to portray X.org as some stagnant chunk of code suffering from bit-rot developed back in 1984 and still hanging around for the sake of nostalgia.
completely agree, things have been changing rapidly, impressive even.
Probably the impressions Xorg is decrepit is Xlib, which IS kindof old and crusty.
It was funny because I was doing some blender/Xlib stuff (blender uses Xlib directly, no qt/sdl/gtk).
And I asked the guys in #Xorg if Xlib was a low level lib that was really powerful, in a similar way to how some low level languages can be fast.
And they are like "No, its just verbose and crap"
- so it doesn't seem like theres much benefit from Xlib, aside from your apps being able to run over a network.
Thought XCB was to replace Xlib and would give you everything Xlib whilst being better. I also thought there was a bit of bad blood that people hadn't all dropped Xlib but kept using wrappers over the top of it.