[PATCH app-xfs 2/3] doc: remove pdf target for developer's doc

Alan Coopersmith Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM
Thu Jan 21 14:23:34 PST 2010

Rémi Cardona wrote:
> Le 21/01/2010 00:05, Thomas Dickey a écrit :
>> The reason for xfs was to move the computation and I/O off to the server, 
>> which might be far away, reducing both.
> IIRC, xfs was design to move the initial rendering of font files into
> font pixmaps out of the server to avoid temporary freezing when an
> application requested a new font.

I know that's what some Linux distros found it useful for, but I always
thought it was designed for providing fonts out to xterminals and diskless
clients from a single server, well before people noticed that it could
also be used to offload processing for CJK fonts that took a long time to

> Each app being responsible for generating and uploading fonts using
> Render, it does solve all problems :
>  - the server doesn't have to know anything about font formats should
> new ones appear,

Which was only a problem when the X servers were updated far less often
than the clients.   With most Unix vendors shipping closed X servers and
there was no way to replace those and support their graphics boards, that
was an issue - but Xorg updates now more often than the client libraries.

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at sun.com
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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