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Clutter 1.0 Reaches RC1 Milestone

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Published on 20 June 2009 08:33 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Clutter, the open-source toolkit designed to develop rich user interfaces with OpenGL and OpenGL ES but without the complexity of programming to such APIs, is nearing version 1.0. This toolkit, which was used to create the very impressive Moblin V2 interface, is backed by Intel and continues to gain steam. Version 0.9.4 was released just this morning, which is serving as the Clutter 1.0.0 Release Candidate 1 build.

While there are a lot of technical changes in this build like adjustments to the API and debugging support for Clutter OpenGL, there are lots of performance improvements, much improved documentation, build environment fixes, and other improvements too. Clutter's input devices API has been improved and does support X Input 1.x (must be configured through a build-time option), while support for X Input 2 will be added following the Clutter 1.0 release. When it comes to the programmer's documentation, there is now 99% coverage for the 1600 symbols exported for Clutter and over 80% coverage of the exported symbols for COGL.

Beyond those changes, the full change-log for Clutter 0.9.4 is quite lengthy and can be found in the release announcement. The Clutter Toolkit is licensed under the GNU LGPLv2.1 license and beyond its extensive use within Moblin, Clutter is beginning to be used within GNOME Games and other free software projects.

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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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