"Following my recent article dealing with EVAS, a desktop canvas
being developed principally by the Rasterman, I decided to dig
deeper into the various open source software projects surrounding
X-windows, in particular alternatives to our beloved X."
"Many people complain about the X-windows standard. It's clearly
not the perfect way to bring a graphical user interface to Linux,
and it's been around for such a long time. Recently XFree86 has
become hardware accelerated, in version 4.0.x, but in many ways it
is still dragging user interface designers down. The lack of a
single uniform toolkit, lack of support for alpha transparency and
sluggish/heavy network transparency have always been problems in
"Berlin is an open source project designed to cope with these
deficiencies in the design of X-windows. Berlin was born in 1997
and has gone through several different incarnations between then
and now. The version 0.0.1 codebase was eventually abandoned in
favour of a reimplementation of the Fresco Project in 1998/99. The
0.2 release came out in June, 2000, and features a terminal widget
and a couple of demo applets...."
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