Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Dec 2012 16:56 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
X11, Window Managers "For two decades, X has been the foundation for Linux graphics. Ubuntu's decision late in 2010 to switch to Wayland shakes things up all the way to those roots. Just over a month ago, the official 1.0.0 release of Wayland appeared, as well as its associated Weston project. How will these milestones affect working GUI programmers? What will happen to all the existing toolkits - Qt, wxWindows, Tk, and others - on which so many graphical applications already depend?"
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RE[6]: X's era is in the past
by jonsmirl on Thu 6th Dec 2012 13:18 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: X's era is in the past"
jonsmirl
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You can do anything in software. The concept is to make glyph generation a low level operation instead of the very high level operation it is today. ie make it look like a hardware feature.

Currently all pieces of drawing except glyphs have been moved onto the GPU. They're the final piece.

As far as I know this hasn't been built yet except as multiple research projects.

This is the first paper I know of describing it...
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/cloop/loopblinn05.pdf

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