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FreeDesktop: The State of Linux Graphics

Aug 31, 2005, 22:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Smirl)

"After quitting work on Xgl I received a lot of email and read a lot of posts. My conclusion is that most people don't really know what is going on with graphics in Linux. It's understandable that people don't see the whole picture. Graphics is a large and complex area with many software components and competing developer groups. I've written this as an attempt to explain how all of the parts fit together.

"This year is the X server's twenty-first birthday. Started in 1984 out of Project Athena it has served the Unix community well over the years. X is in widespread use and powers most Linux desktops today. The Wikipedia article provides much more detail but two major X innovations are being open source, which enabled cross platform support, and network transparency..."

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