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DirectFB 1.6 Brings OpenGL, Android Features

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Published on 25 June 2012 10:48 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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After being almost a half-year late, DirectFB 1.6 has been released.

DirectFB 1.6 was actually released about two weeks ago, but its stable release wasn't widely publicized. Originally this 1.6 release was expected back in January.

Key features of DirectFB 1.6 include early support for DirectFB on Google's Android, a new system module with OpenGL-based acceleration using Mesa, support for compositor applications to access surfaces and updates from other applications within the compositor, performance improvements in the Fusion non-secure mode, and many API additions.

See the Illixi compositor in DirectFB 1.6 for a video demo of what's now possible with this open-source direct frame-buffer project.

Additional details on DirectFB 1.6.0 and download links are available from DirectFB.org.

While it will still be a ways away, there's already plans for DirectFB 2.0.

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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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