Rev/Linux update - for Richmond
andre at andregarzia.com
Fri Aug 6 09:27:49 CDT 2010
Rev is approaching the point where I will simply complete my transition to
linux and be happy... my ubuntu box is so much more responsive than my mac
os x box, and both have similar specs.
On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Richard Gaskin
<ambassador at fourthworld.com>wrote:
> I got another update this morning from the team on the progress of the Rev
> engine for Linux, and this one's for Richmond:
> With the screenshot Mark Waddingham noted:
> To be fair, the visual difference for roman text is mostly nil
> (or at least will be when I've fixed the slight difference in
> baselines that seems to have crept in).
> The linux engine now uses 'pango' to do all its text rendering
> and font selection/listing - this is the modern approach and
> means if you install fonts via GTK/Gnome/Fontconfig etc. you
> actually see them listed in Rev and will be used when requested.
> In addition, all the font fallback and such works correctly
> both for unicode text and all the config that distros have
> invested in 'fontconfig'. The latter, in particular, means you
> get sensible default fonts for most common typefaces for other
> platforms (for example, there is rarely actually a 'Helvetica'
> installed any more, but there is pretty much always Nimbus Sans
> which is metric and look compatible).
> I'm not sure what the performance impact of this might be yet
> - I'm hoping it might fix some of the field performance problems
> that seem to plague some linux distributions since various
> things are cached now which weren't before. More testing will
> be needed to see if this is indeed the case.
> Kevin also noted that some progress has been made in diagnosing the cause
> of the printPaperOrientation issue, but that the solution is "not
> straightforward" so he doesn't have a fix in hand just yet and will try to
> squeeze one in within the couple of weeks.
> Things are looking better each week for those of us enjoying Linux
> deployments. :)
> Richard Gaskin
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