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Thursday, October 13, 2005
 Behdad's Pango roadmap

[I updated the previous post about gnome-terminal performance extensively. In short, g-t is faster than xterm. Xft is to be blamed (Hi Keith) :-D]

I see Pango mentioned quite a lot these days, mostly as the bottleneck to desktop rendering. So I thought I may write a bit about my view of how things are going in Pango.

First, in reply to Federico's comments:
Generally, I'm quite amazed by how stable Pango has become these days, no major features lacking, not much serious bugs. Now here are the major items in my Pango todo list, most of them are in bugzilla already:
Now how many of these I'll make for 1.12, no idea. The ones with a patch are mostly waiting for Owen's review.

[damn, internet is slow these days.]

Update:

There's this huge patch to shut various gcc warnings off too.

Comments:
I don't think that Xft is slow. I just tested konsole (qt terminal) with a scalable font and it performs as fast as xterm with a fixed-size font. Doesn't qt uses Xft? I think we should investigate how font rendering is done in qt, they seem to be doing a great job.
 
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