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Re: Another XGL Video: Holy Moses!

  • Subject: Re: Another XGL Video: Holy Moses!
  • From: Tim Smith <reply_in_group@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2006 14:53:50 GMT
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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In article <2075226.HxeXokGLgl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
 Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Try the AVI. It is far clearer, albeit almost 60 MB in size. Oddly enough, a
> friend of mine who has been using Linux for many years didn't even know
> about XGL, until now. People must be told /and/ shown this! It's the only
> way to embarrass OS X and Windows and make people realise that Linux is well
> ahead, *even* in terms of /presentation/, which to many is perceived as the
> weak spot of GNU/Linux. Many still believe it's command-line-based.

That video doesn't show Linux being ahead.  I didn't see anything on 
there, for example, where a stack of filters were applied to images in 
real time (so, for example, if you were doing, say, a gaussian blur, 
followed by an edge enhancement, followed by swirling distortion, you 
could go back and change parameters on the gaussian blur and have the 
image instantly update).  Same for video--can you specify a stack of 
image filters and transforms, and have them apply to video in real time 
(complete with adjustments to any of the filters applying in real time?).

What that video shows is a lot of effects that look cool, but are among 
the simplest to do with OpenGL.  Xgl is capable of more interesting 
stuff, but you don't see it on that video.  It still has a ways to go to 
catch up to OS X, though.

--Tim Smith

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