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A Crazy Demo Showing The Ilixi Compositor In DirectFB 1.6

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Published on 18 April 2012 03:19 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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While the DirectFB 1.6 release has suffered multiple delays since its original slated release for January, DirectFB 1.6 looks to be finally working its way out the door with its many new features.

Features of DirectFB 1.6 have been talked about in DirectFB 1.6 Release Is Imminent With New Features, Early-Stage DirectFB For Android Devices, and DirectFB 1.6 Is Coming Soon While 2.0 Is Far-Out. Check out those articles for details on the interesting DirectFB 1.6 feature-set.

The latest plan for the 1.6 release was on the 6th of April, which was announced on the 1st of April, but that didn't pan out. However, last weekend the DirectFB developers did put out an interesting demo showing what's possible with the DirectFB 1.6 pre-release.

This demo, which was live-captured on its X11 back-end, is showing DirectFB's Ilixi compositor with several applications running. What's interesting is that using software acceleration they've managed decent performance with penguins running around 50Hz constantly even while dealing with other applications. The Ilixi compositing is tear-free and are running "maximum speed asynchrously synchronized with the compositor." This was while doing up to ten DirectFB processes on an Intel quad-core desktop. The developers claim that even for an embedded device with hardware acceleration a 1GHz sinngle-core CPU will be more than enough.

The WebM video demo along with other details can be found from this DirectFB.org page.

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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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