ex11, plotting and Cairo ...

Peter-Henry Mander <>
Wed Jul 20 15:53:29 CEST 2005

Hi Vlad,

Simplified portable X server sounds good to me, it would be very useful
to me as a stand-alone product in itself! If there's a Open Source one,
even better! Cygwin X server has a bit too much baggage to be called
simple. Xming (http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Xming) looks like it fits the
bill, but I'm hitting a wall with it.

I'm not sure I grasp the meaning of your question. The whole idea is to
avoid reinvention by using X11. Joe is very keen to make it drop dead
gorgeous, but he's invented ex11 which to my mind is "good enough" and
it may become the enemy of his better PDF/PS GUI.

Sorry Joe, I know what you'd like to see since I'm an ex-typography
student and I appreciate your aesthetic inclination, but the concurrency
model and thin layers is what I want above the kerning, antialiasing


On Wed, 2005-07-20 at 13:48 +0200, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
> From: "Peter-Henry Mander" <>
> > Considering this, why not attack the MS-Windows GDI directly in Erlang,
> > maybe with a k.i.s.s. C driver to ease the connection?
> Easiest would be to write a graphics server and talk with it via a socket. I 
> think someone said earlier he had been giving it a try. This would actually 
> be a simplified X server, and could be made portable too.
> Question is: should the protocol be compatible with X? If yes, is there a 
> danger[*] that this server will become an alternative X server? If no, could 
> it be mapped onto X?
> [*] in the meaning that it would mean to reinvent a lot of wheels...
> regards,
> Vlad
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 flows far away 
 and returns 
 on the wind of morning."

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