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...
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?
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.
This is the a development release leading toward 3.0.
* 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
This is the last development release leading toward 2.22.
* 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...."
- Fixes to the MS Windows theme engine
- 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.