The Future of the Linux Desktop? DirectFB

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Some people really dislike the X Window System. DirectFB (http://www.directfb.org/) seems to be the answer to their prayers. Building on the framebuffer support available in recent Linux kernels, DirectFB adds hardware acceleration, input devices, and window management. It has been made (and LGPL'd) by Digital Convergence (http://www.convergence.de/) as a Linux video/television solution, but it is much more than that. It has the potential to replace X for Linux desktops. You want a transparent terminal? How about a transparent video player (http://www.directfb.org/news/count/videoshot.png)? Development is proceeding rapidly, with a GTK port and even an X server for legacy apps in progress. Could this be the future of the Linux desktop?"
 
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