[fpc-pascal] fpGUI Toolkit v0.7-rc1 for FPC 2.4

Roland Schaefer roland.schaefer at fu-berlin.de
Sun Mar 14 19:26:15 CET 2010

On 14.03.2010 19:01, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
>> You may want to look at directfb instead of working with the
>> framebuffer directly.
> That is actually what I was going to look at first. As far as I
> understand DirectFB is bit higher level than /dev/fb directly, so
> should make implementation a bit easier.

It's not only on a much higher level, but it also provides
hardware-acceleration where drivers are available. On low-end embedded
devices this can be crucial for acceptable performance. As for the
level, I'd say using DFB is sort of on a par with using Xlib, only
easier to handle. Besides the init procedures it acatually feels more
like using SDL, but with richer functionality. You even get native
support for windowing, multi-application support, etc. It's definitely
much more comfortable than /dev/fb!

I'm maintaining FPC-bindings for DFB. Right now, they work with the 1.4
line of DFB binaries only. If anyone has a need for 1.2 bindings (which
is the version that ships with most GNU/Linux distributions these days),
I'd actually provide such bindings. So, if anyone is seriously
interested, please come forward.


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