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DirectFB 1.6 Is Coming Soon While 2.0 Is Far-Out

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Published on 12 March 2012 05:51 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Back in January the release of DirectFB 1.6 was imminent, but then the developers behind this frame-buffer project ended up dragging the release on for stabilization reasons. This month is now the project's revised target for doing the first DirectFB 1.6 stable release.

DirectFB 1.6 was slated for a January release, but seeing as this is a big release, it's not too surprising it was delayed. DirectFB 1.6 introduces a new core architecture for eliminating multiple IPC/RPC mechanisms, eliminate shared memory, minimal global locks, and other enhancements to its core. DirectFB 1.6 also supports dynamic registration of window managers / compositors, new image providers (SVG / JPEG2000 / BMP), a Xine video provider, Xine/VDPAU acceleration support, new/re-written video drivers, performance enhancements, and much more.

In January, initial DirectFB Android support was merged as well.

From the DirectFB web-site, "The stabilization phase is still ongoing so that we expect the first release of DirectFB 1.6 in March."

Meanwhile, further down the pipe is DirectFB 2.0. With DirectFB 2.0 they will be aiming for universal framework support, Cairo 2D library support, efficient 2D vector graphics and media handling, surface pools, an advanced hardware abstraction / driver integration layer, support for Khronos APIs, and full support for GTK. The Khronos APIs being talked about are OpenGL ES, OpenVG, and OpenMAX. Even completing a portion of these proposed action items will require extensive work. The ideas and plans for this far-out DirectFB 2.0 release have long been brought up on this Wiki page.

For those interested there's also a DirectFB TODO list in the Git repository. Among the items there is finishing VT switching support, support for rotated screens, configuration system improvements, modularized pixel format support, and virtual window resolution with scrolling/panning support.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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