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LinuxToday.com.au: Rasterman's New Toy

Jan 21, 2001, 19:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by hawkeyes)

[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"From the moment we entered the theatre it was apparent that this was going to be an interesting hour - Raster himself was almost jumping up and down at the front of the theatre, grinning ear to ear, and the screen projector was showing the first slide of a StarOffice presentation entitled "My New Toy"."

"Raster's topic (and new toy) turned out to be his latest project, which he calls "EVAS". EVAS is what Raster described as a 'canvas', and seems to be the latest exciting development in the Linux window manager world. EVAS provides the possibility for Raster to build a whole slew of features into the up and coming Enlightenment 0.17, as well as demonstrating just how powerful XFree86 can be when integrated well with the OpenGL libraries."

"EVAS will bring anti-aliased text (possible, but not quite easily useable in KDE), hardware accelerated image scaling and Alpha blending to the Linux desktop. Raster uses direct calls to the OpenGL libraries to make this happen. When answering questions about EVAS, it was put to Raster that there are other canvasses available for X - the Gnome canvas for one - and Raster's answer to this was simply that EVAS had one thing that none of the other canvasses had - direct hardware acceleration. EVAS's primary job is to display objects - however it is the way that it does this that is important."

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