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DirectFB Continues To Gain New Features

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Published on 25 October 2012 04:24 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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While Wayland is sitting in the public limelight, DirectFB continues to exist as another means of handling Linux displays and input. DirectFB continues to quietly march on with new capabilities.

DirectFB 1.6 was released in June after being set back by delays but it did bring several features. DirectFB 1.6 brought a new core architecture, dynamic registration of window managers / compositors, support for new image providers, Xine/VDPAU acceleration, improved video drivers, better performance, initial Android support, and much more.

There's this crazy compositor demo video to show what DirectFB 1.6 is capable of going back to this summer.

The DirectFB crew on Tuesday released another video to showcase what their software is now capable of handling. The developers released a video of their Ilixi compositor with DirectFB applications while running from a Renesas R-CarH1 SoC on a 1024 x 768 panel. The Reneseas hardware is for automotive / in-vehicle entertainment systems.

The video and more information is available from DirectFB.org. "This video runs on the R-CarH1 SoC and shows an automotive appliance with a status bar including output from the nagivation app, several web based apps, classic demos, ilixi based applications, and more... The work on improvements, sample applications, integration, compositor development and optimisations has been sponsored by Renesas."

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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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