UI ideas/questions or can we animate things as smooth as iPhone?

Mikko J Rauhala mjrauhal at cc.helsinki.fi
Wed Jun 6 15:43:53 CEST 2007

On ke, 2007-06-06 at 14:52 +0200, Tomasz Zielinski wrote:
> As we know, much less powered machines (like 7MHz Amiga with Workbench
> and even 1MHz C64 with Geos) had enough resources to provide rich and
> usable user interface. I mentioned PalmOS some time ago - it executed
> programs in-place so most apps started literally in half a second.

Incidentally, have people with the hardware tried to run it with select
essential programs and libraries loaded onto a tmpfs at bootup, where
they'd AFAIK be executed in-place? Don't know, but seems that it might
be a feasible way to speed app-launching and switching for select core
stuff, bypassing jffs2 overhead. Of course, that would reserve some
otherwise reclaimable RAM and if the kernel and jffs2 are smart about
caching in these kinds of circumstances, may not make much of a
difference. Just an idle thought.

> If with GTK/Matchbox we cannot achieve such rich, fluid and, erm...,
> fluid GUI as iPhone, maybe it's not too late to drop GTK 

Yes it is, by the way.

Mikko J Rauhala <mjrauhal at cc.helsinki.fi>
University of Helsinki

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