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LinuxToday.com.au: Berlin: A replacement for X?

Jan 29, 2001, 09:28 (21 Talkback[s])
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"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 X."

"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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