New Acceleration Architecture for

At the recent European X.Org Developers Meeting KDE developer and Trolltech employee Zack Rusin presented a new acceleration architecture named Exa (eyecandy X architecture) for Being based on KAA (KDrive acceleration architecture) it's designed to be an alternative to the currently used XAA (XFree86 acceleration architecture) with better acceleration of XRender which is used by composite managers for desktop eyecandy effects. The next release which is expected to contain Exa is planned to be released in September.

Making existing graphic card drivers using XAA take advantage of Exa is said to be easy and Zack volunteered to, besides bringing Exa into, to port all unmaintained graphic card drivers as soon as he gets the respective hardware in his hands. Exa is meant to improve the desktop experience and bring users some much needed eye-candy while Xgl, an X-Server layered on top of OpenGL is being worked on.

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by aNDY (not verified)

I dont think will be fine

by Anonymous (not verified)

Pardon? What do you mean?

by aNDY (not verified)

Oh My God

by Jesus Franco (not verified)

AWESOME. I bet kde withh be the first to take advantage of the features. Then Enlightenment then Xfce and gn0m3 :p

by someone300 (not verified)

Well GTK 2.7 already has support for cairo, and cairo can use glitz. Glitz matches the XRender specification, so will take full advantage of all this sort of stuff.
As far as I know kde is estimated to have cairo support in KDE 4..

At least that's the info I've pieced together ;) so don't take my word for it

by Anonymous (not verified)

Gtk+ 2.7 is a development version. So better wait until it's released and the first GNOME version depending on it and tested against Gtk+ 2.8 is released.

by cl (not verified)

KDE doesn't need cairo because Qt4 offers the painting framework Arthur ( that can also use OpenGL.

Somebody will probably create an cairo backend for Arthur but it will be only one of the choice.

by MamiyaOtaru (not verified)

mission accomplished!

Good thing someone is working on this now that xgl has had a bit of a setback. Of course, exa seems to be part of the reason for the setback. boo hoo.