[fpc-devel] Xlib and XCB: any plans?

Giuliano Colla giuliano.colla at fastwebnet.it
Mon Mar 5 11:56:26 CET 2012

Il 05/03/2012 11:36, Graeme Geldenhuys ha scritto:
> On 5 March 2012 11:05, Sven Barth  wrote:
>> Wayland is not the same as X11. If one wants the CustomDrawn widgetset (or
>> fpGUI for that matter) to support Wayland natively and not through a X11
>> server that runs on top of Wayland then one needs to use completely new
>> bindings.
> I thought that is exactly what I said.  :-)
>> Also even if Wayland is successful it will take some time till the distros
>> supply it (not to mention as default).
> True, but Wayland seems to be the most promising X11 alternative - and
> there has been many attempts over the years. Also if or when Wayland
> arrives, X11 should still be supported, and your current Xlib
> implementation of your toolkit wouldn't magically disappear. So you
> have time to spare.
> Then again, GTK, QT and some other GUI toolkits are already making
> good progress with there Wayland support. Ubuntu is also going to push
> Wayland support hard, and Fedora has also shown positive interest in
> Wayland. That's to big Linux distros already.
> But I wouldn't remove Xlib support in fpGUI any time soon. Why?
> Because even if Wayland is a 100% success story, it is ONLY for Linux
> (it currently takes advantage of Linux-only features). I still want
> fpGUI to support the *BSD systems, Solaris etc.
> Again, I wouldn't bother with a XCB specific binding. The gains are
> just too little, and as I already showed, the current XLib
> implementations (and least on Linux) are already wrappers around XCB.
Many thanks to both of you. Now the picture is more clear.


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