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OSNews: The Next XFree86 Wars: XFT2 vs STSF

Mar 28, 2003, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

"Sun is doing quite some work on GNOME and X these days. Their latest project is to create a font library for XFree86, named Stsf, that would replace Fontconfig and Xft2. But the big question is: Does the world need yet another X font library that would create more incompatibility and fragmentation...?

"One of the reasons behind the creation of this project is the fact that XFT2 requires the XRender XFree86 extension in order to run fast enough, while Sun Solaris' proprierty X11 and other non-XFree86 X11 implementations do not support this extension. So Sun got hard at work to create a new font library that would offer nice AA fonts on Java, Star/OpenOffice.org and Gnome/GTK+ applications..."

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