[vox] "Tux Paint, again" follow-up
nbs at sonic.net
Mon Jun 25 11:40:44 PDT 2007
So last week at LUGOD, I discussed a few issues with the current
Tux Paint codebase that were preventing me from making a new release.
* Existing SVG code used "libcairo1" and friends, which are a few years
old and not packaged in popular Linux distros like Debian or Ubuntu.
(They have "libcairo2", which didn't have an SVG renderer.)
(Discussed in my slides, here:
* Printing was broken.
(Mentioned in this slide:
Well, as of today, these things are pretty much fixed!
* Old SVG code remains (because Mac OS X and Windows porting folks
were able to use it -- they get to include libraries arbitrarily
when they package, since those platforms don't really have a standardized
package management system like Linux distros do.)
* New SVG code written that utilizes libRSVG.
* PostScript printing under Linux/BSD/etc. has been rewritten completely.
It's smart about rotating (since Tux Paint can be either landscape or
portraint orientation), and even supports paper sizes via libpaper.
(Thanks to Henry House for a bunch of pointers with this!)
* Mac OS X printing system was cleaned up by the current OS X maintainer,
So now all I need is some heavy beta testing, and we can make a new
release. (I was hoping for 'some time in June', and it now looks
Thanks for listening, and enjoy! :^)
bill at newbreedsoftware.com
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