[cairo] gallium surface still maintained ?

Guillermo Rodriguez guillerodriguez.dev at gmail.com
Fri Aug 5 07:35:18 UTC 2016

2016-08-05 4:06 GMT+02:00 Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo at geek-central.gen.nz>:

> On Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:05:30 +0200, Guillermo Rodriguez wrote:
> > My point was that if QuickDraw could do that on a 25MHz
> > Motorola 68040, then there's no reason why Cairo shouldn't work just
> > fine with today's embedded CPUs (especially if hardware floating
> > point is available), even if a GPU is not available/not usable.
> Given the experience that Enrico Weigelt is reporting, I’m not so sure.

>From my own experience, as I said in a previous mail:

I am using Cairo on embedded targets without a usable GPU, but a reasonably
powerful CPU, and actually using many of the above features in my
application, and it works just fine.

> > Sure, Cairo is more sophisticated, but the hardware is much more
> > powerful also.
> CPUs haven’t been getting more powerful for a long time. There’s a
> reason why we try to use GPUs and multithreading more and more nowadays.

Yes, the reason is that GPUs are convenient and powerful, specially for
certain types of applications. There is a long way from there to saying
that Cairo is "too ambitious and resource-intensive" if a GPU is not

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