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    Phoronix: GTK+ 2.90.7 Released, Drops DirectFB Support

    While GNOME 3.0 has been delayed to next March, the development releases towards version 3.0 of the GTK+ tool-kit continues in a steadfast manner. After the last GTK+ 3.0 snapshot a few weeks back that ported most of the GTK+ drawing to use Cairo, GTK+ 2.90.7 has been released...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODU4OQ

  • #2
    Does this affect any efforts to build an OS on the latest Linux and GTK 3 and just *not support X11*? I know there are experimental OSes out there, like ReactOS and the Amiga OS clone, but if there's something radical that's actually going to work itself back into Ubuntu, I might be interested.

    Do any GTK3/Wayland/Linux-KMS distributions currently exist?

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    • #3
      No, and no.

      DirectFB is unmaintained in GTK+ because nobody really uses it anymore. DirectFB is a lot less interesting in today's KMS/GEM/TTM/DRI2 world. What DirectFB still offers is less interesting than just using a tiny X server (e.g. kdrive) or Wayland.

      Wayland is not the basis of any (usable) distribution because Wayland itself is still too young. It's more of an alpha/demo technology right now than a ready-to-use product.

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      • #4
        One thing I occasionally still use directfb for is Links2 if I want to look something up while installing or working on a system without a functioning xorg server.

        It sounds like an interesting project, too bad there's such little interest in it.

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        • #5
          Looks like they still have a big wiki page on it http://www.directfb.org/wiki/index.p...TK_on_DirectFB

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          • #6
            http://www.mail-archive.com/gtk-deve.../msg12231.html

            To note: "people I've talked to"

            That doesn't constitute following the proper channels before you remove a component in a software project.

            http://www.directfb.org/index.php?path=Main%2FContact : has several contacts that may be unaware of the removal.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by squirrl View Post
              http://www.mail-archive.com/gtk-deve.../msg12231.html

              To note: "people I've talked to"

              That doesn't constitute following the proper channels before you remove a component in a software project.

              http://www.directfb.org/index.php?path=Main%2FContact : has several contacts that may be unaware of the removal.
              If you follow that thread you might notice that the backend has now been restored (in gtk+-2.22) and is working much better than it has in a long time.

              So one could argue that the decision to remove it actually had a positive effect on DirectFB

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nzjrs View Post
                If you follow that thread you might notice that the backend has now been restored (in gtk+-2.22) and is working much better than it has in a long time.

                So one could argue that the decision to remove it actually had a positive effect on DirectFB
                your referring to this I assume ?
                http://www.mail-archive.com/gtk-deve.../msg12588.html

                "GTK+ 2.90.7 released
                Matthias Clasen
                Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:58:24 -0700

                GTK+ 2.90.7 is now available for download at:

                ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/2.90/
                http://download.gnome.org/sources/gtk+/2.90/


                ff8bff6a422c3e8dadfc4bc1448d5e63b1de0a244eb51a8edd 33cfe6f06cc2aa gtk
                +-2.90.7.tar.bz2
                3ea3f176ae260a69eb1404ccae62e8839991213590b032fe3f ca24777b883dfc gtk
                +-2.90.7.tar.gz

                This is the a development release leading toward 3.0.

                Notes:

                * GTK+ 3 will be parallel installable with GTK+ 2.x, and
                this release has been prepared to test this by renaming
                all .pc files, libraries, include paths, and so forth,
                to include a '3.0' component."
                ....
                "* The directfb backend has been removed
                ...."

                well there was also this

                http://www.mail-archive.com/gtk-deve.../msg12650.html
                "GTK+ 2.21.8 released
                Matthias Clasen
                Tue, 14 Sep 2010 06:04:26 -0700

                GTK+ 2.21.8 is now available for download at:

                ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/2.21/
                http://download.gnome.org/sources/gtk+/2.21/

                f17ce48b3a896dc35bf70f22a18c868d06fca526f024396473 e227ea30c32cc8 gtk
                +-2.21.8.tar.bz2
                4c2acf5798efa9e85efdd785bf73e2d80661bae025a22dfd9c 319cd9a4e384b8 gtk
                +-2.21.8.tar.gz

                This is the last development release leading toward 2.22.

                Notes:

                * GTK+ 2.22 is planned to be the last stable GTK+ 2.x release,
                to be released in parallel with GTK+ 3. It will not receive
                major feature work beyond API additions that are required
                to facilitate porting to GTK+ 3...."
                ...."
                * Win32:
                - Fixes to the MS Windows theme engine

                * Directfb:
                - Many fixes
                ...."


                SO GTK+ 3.0 will Not support Directfb, only 2.22 stable at best when that arrives.

                your only hope seeing a no Companies have steped up to become official Directfb maintainers for this GUI libray it seems is some ordinary joe/guy called Lionel Landwerlin

                "For those who care, I started to hack/fix on the GTK+ DirectFB backend
                about 4 months ago. I needed to build WebKit for a Set Top Box which
                only provided a frame buffer driver. Before that, I already wrote a
                couple of DirectFB drivers who worked on top of proprietary drivers (not
                the usual frame buffer) still for Set Top Box.

                Regards,

                --
                Lionel Landwerlin"

                https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=619468

                http://git.potipota.net/cgi-bin/cgit...directfb-fixes

                so that probably screws up that AROS http://www.sand-labs.org/aros/changeset/1456 mentioned above and E-UAE on any GTK+ 3.0 release

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by popper View Post
                  SO GTK+ 3.0 will Not support Directfb, only 2.22 stable at best when that arrives.
                  Yip, that was exactly what I was saying. The removal of DirectFB support in gtk+-3.0 prompted the merging and improvement of DirectFB support in gtk+-2.22

                  Glad we all agree.

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