[PATCH app-xfs 2/3] doc: remove pdf target for developer's doc
dickey at his.com
Wed Jan 20 15:05:06 PST 2010
On Wed, 20 Jan 2010, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> Michael Cree wrote:
>> Hope you don't mind a question from a user who is running xfs: What
>> replaces xfs? Should we now be running some other application for
>> font serving?
> The vast majority of users don't need a font server, as they're not
> running X applications that use the old font apis to reference fonts
> stored on a machine different from the X server.
> The new font apis (libXft) don't use font servers or server-side fonts,
> so xfs has no use to applications that use them (as gtk, Qt, and most
> other modern toolkits do).
The reason for xfs was to move the computation and I/O off to the server,
which might be far away, reducing both. Client-side font-rendering
doesn't appear to solve that problem. Rather than discussing technology,
so far all I've seen is noise about "new", etc.
Thomas E. Dickey
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