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Re: Jus thinking - Low level X GUI with shaders

On Sun, Feb 07, 2021 at 10:07:28PM -0500, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> > You have reinvented NeWS with Display PostScript
> > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeWS>. Don't get me wrong, it was a great
> > idea, ahead of its time, and not especially well (or efficiently)
> > implemented at the time, so it may well be ripe for reinvention.
> I think nowadays the idea is called HTML, where the display server is
> called "web browser" and Javascript has replaced Display Postscript.

You're not wrong, in the sense that that covers a wide variety of use
cases. There remains a niche for rich desktop GUIs that 1) can display
remotely, 2) execute sandboxed code on the display server, and 3) play nice
with a windowing system rather than being just a "page". I wouldn't be
unhappy with that sandboxed code being JavaScript (or even WASM). I would
be unhappy with every GUI app I use running a web server and launching a
browser to http://localhost:<SomeRandomPort>/

>         Stefan

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