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'DirectFB' is a thin library that provides developers with hardware graphics acceleration, input device handling and abstraction, an integrated windowing system with support for translucent windows and multiple display layers on top of the framebuffer device. It is a complete hardware abstraction layer with software fallbacks for every graphics operation that is not supported by the underlying hardware.


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Download version 0.9.24 (stable)
released on 1 September 2005

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LGPLv2orlaterJanet Casey6 April 2004

Leaders and contributors

See the AUTHORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor
Denis Oliver Kropp Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use libjpeg62
Required to use libpng2 *or* libpng3
Required to use zlib
Weak prerequisite SDL
Required to use Linux kernel 2.2.x or later
Required to use freetype 2.0.1 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 22 November 2005.


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