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Fresco (formerly known as Berlin) is a windowing system derived from a powerful structured graphics +toolkit originally based on InterViews. Fresco extends earlier incarnations +to the status of a full windowing system, in command of the video hardware +(via GGI, SDL, DirectFB or GLUT) and processing user input directly rather +than peering with a host windowing system. Additionally, Fresco's extensions include a rich drawing interface with +multiple backends, an upgrade to modern CORBA standards, a new Unicode-capable +text system, dynamic module loading, and many communication abstractions for +connecting other processes to the server. It is developed entirely by +volunteers on the internet, using free software. This project was formerly known as Berlin.


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Download version M2 (alpha)
released on 21 March 2003

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LGPLJanet Casey18 November 2002

Leaders and contributors

Stephane Rehel Contributor
The Fresco project Maintainer
Brent Fulgham Contributor
Gnanasekaran Swaminathan Contributor
Graydon Hoare Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Help E-mail
Bug Tracking,Developer E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build GGI or SDL or DirectFB
Required to build Mesa or LibArt
Required to build FreeType2
Required to build zlib
Required to build libPNG
Required to build g++
Required to build omniORB

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 January 2008.


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