Xlibe: an Xlib/X11 compatibility layer for Haiku

Source: OSNews

Article note: Man Haiku keeps showing how clever their devs are and how good the fundamental architecture of BeOS was.

An Xlib compatibility layer implemented on top of the Haiku API, in order to run X11 applications on Haiku without an X server.

Xlib‘s API is relatively low-level, but it is just high-level enough that it can be emulated on top of a higher-level API like Haiku’s.

At present, it provides “most” commonly-used Xlib APIs, but many of them are stubbed or incomplete implementations. (GTK, with some hacks, can compile, link, and open a window before it runs in to missing functionality.)

This is crazy person work by Haiku developer waddlesplash. He also posted continuously updated progress thread on the Haiku website, which provides a lot more detail about the process, the current state, and possible future plans.

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