Project proposal: fbtoolkit
Tom.Marble at Sun.COM
Wed May 23 13:01:48 PDT 2007
In conjunction with Steph Meslin-Weber  I would like to propose
a new OpenJDK project: fbtoolkit
The objective of this project is to produce a body of code which is
a lightweight framebuffer-based peer implementation for AWT and Swing.
The goal of this code is to remove the dependency on X or
other graphics layers such that graphics can be redirected to
a framebuffer (e.g. a raw buffer, VNC, etc.). This example
implementation will prefer pure-Java solutions, with public
extension points available to enter native resources as necessary.
In prototyping this functionality with OpenJDK it
should be possible demonstrate this graphics redirection
via a command line such as:
% java -Dawt.toolkit=net.java.openjdk.fbtoolkit.Toolkit -jar myApp.jar
NOTE: there are many other options which one would want
to specify (e.g. bit depth, encoding, geometry, port number, etc.) and
these can all be collected into a properties file which is
implicitly named (based upon the provider) or overridden on
the command line.
Examples of usage include: implementation debugging, device
emulation, multiple-head clone outputs/inputs, simultaneous
multiple-peer output, etc.
As this proposal is most closely related to the AWT  and Swing 
groups they have been added on CC: and as such we would like to
request sponsorship from these groups.
Please note that per the interim OpenJDK guidelines for Projects 
that followups should go the discuss list .
Thank you for your consideration,
--Tom & Steph
 Steph is a Participant
Steph's blog: http://blog.tangency.co.uk/
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