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Re: Cairo or Art?

From: David Chisnall
Subject: Re: Cairo or Art?
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:11:08 +0100

On 19 Oct 2008, at 01:08, Stefan Bidigaray wrote:

Just wondering which one I should use the build the Slackware packages? I ran into some extra time to poke around with what happened with the previous try to build them and I'd like to build with the best, most stable backend.

The best is Cairo, since it is the only one to support windows with alpha channels (I think - this may have been implemented in art now). The most stable is art. I've been using Cairo for a bit over a year, and not had any issues with it for more than six months (and only minor issues before then).

Note that you can include multiple back ends in the same package. The FreeBSD port builds all three unless you specify otherwise, letting you select at run time. I would recommend including art and cairo, enable cairo by default, and include instructions for switching to art if people encounter problems.


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