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  • Trying Out The Skia+Vulkan Powered LibreOffice 6.5 Development Build

    Phoronix: Trying Out The Skia+Vulkan Powered LibreOffice 6.5 Development Build

    While LibreOffice 6.4 isn't even coming out until the end of January, we are already stoked about the follow-on release to this open-source office suite... Currently the development builds are towards LibreOffice 6.5 (though given the big impact we wouldn't be surprised if it morphed into LibreOffice 7.0) and one of the features that landed at the end of November is the Cairo drawing being replaced by Skia and with that Vulkan-based rendering support for this free office suite...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ce-Vulkan-Skia

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    LibreOffice is making great progress now. Lots of things change for the better. Skia and the current VLC to GTK porting

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 144Hz View Post
      [...] and the current VLC to GTK porting
      Huh? Care to elaborate?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by oleid View Post

        Huh? Care to elaborate?
        LibreOffice uses its own toolkit but under GTK envrionments more and more of it is rendered with GTK widgets. Because LibreOffice additionally also renders using GtkWindows, it has full Wayland support too.

        There's a Qt backend too.
        Last edited by Britoid; 12-13-2019, 07:12 AM.

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        • #5
          Britoid Yes a default GTK version carefully designed to work on Wayland. And a hacky, experimental Qt build option with less testing and known bugs.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 144Hz View Post
            Britoid Yes a default GTK version carefully designed to work on Wayland. And a hacky, experimental Qt build option with less testing and known bugs.
            Whilst not dissing Qt, from what I remember Red Hat is employing someone to work on porting LibreOffice to GTK3 so you would expect it to be further along.

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            • #7
              Britoid Redhat got Caolan McNamara on the GTK port. Pretty much the most competent and prolific LO hacker around..

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              • #8
                What about Qt company employing developers to improve Qt support? Just saying...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by timofonic View Post
                  What about Qt company employing developers to improve Qt support? Just saying...
                  Why would they though? Their product is the Qt toolkit and lower level stuff, not the software built ontop of the toolkit.
                  Now if there was a company that works Qt in the same way that Redhat works with GTK, ie building an ecosystem to sell their other products with, then thatd be a better company to badger about VCLs Qt support

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                  • #10
                    The copylefted LibreOffice was born from the ashes of the CLA dumpster fire called OpenOffice. It’s pretty naive to think that CLAed Qt will play any significant in copyleft LibreOffice.

                    Slaves smithing their own shackles? No way.

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