Pixman Has Improved Gradients, Is Much Faster
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 20 October 2010 at 07:09 PM EDT. 4 Comments
While Cairo is frequently mentioned on Phoronix, mentioned less but used by Cairo (as well as the X.Org Server) for pixel manipulation is the Pixman library. Soeren Sandmann announced a new release candidate of Pixman 0.19.6 this afternoon and it has a few interesting changes worth noting.

New to Pixman are much improved radial and linear gradients, performance improvements, enhanced performance specific to the SSE2 back-end, and a number of bug-fixes and test suite enhancements. The performance improvements should be rather noticeable, especially on ARM platforms.

Pixman 0.19.6 is a development snapshot leading up to the stable Pixman 0.20.0 release. The release announcement and download links for this version of Pixman can be found on xorg-announce.
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