Re: replacing X Window System !

From: Olivier Galibert
Date: Wed May 17 2006 - 10:23:05 EST

On Wed, May 17, 2006 at 04:10:38PM +0200, Panagiotis Issaris wrote:
> Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:
> >On Wed, 17 May 2006 14:39:37 +0200, linux cbon said:
> >
> >
> >
> >>If we have a new window system, shall all applications
> >>be rewritten ?
> >>
> >>
> >
> >No. /bin/cat and /bin/ls will survive unscathed. However, if you
> >have a graphical application, it will need reworking. That's a LOT
> >of code.
> >
> >
> Wouldn't porting GTK+ and Qt be enough for the majority
> of the graphical applications?

You'll need OpenGL/GLX and SDL too to stand a chance.

And in any case, porting gtk+ includes porting gdk, and gdk isn't much
more than a very thin layer over libX11 with some added functionality.
So in practice it is a better idea to have a libX11-compatible API
(and if possible ABI), which will give you gdk/gtk/Qt/Motif for "free"
(not GL/SDL though), and then change gtk/Qt where appropriate to use
your own features.

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