How "snappy" can the Openmoko GUI get using GTK?

wim delvaux wim.delvaux at
Sun Sep 2 16:55:31 CEST 2007

On Sunday 02 September 2007 16:17:25 Giles Jones wrote:
> On 2 Sep 2007, at 14:57, denis wrote:
> > Watching a lot of videos about Openmoko and the GUI I saw that it is
> > very slow and yards away from being "snappy". (regarding the
> > application
> > startup and the acting inside an application) I know that speed is not
> > the priority thing in developement  at the moment but how fast and
> > "snappy" can the Openmoko GUI using GTK get? I'm looking at this from
> > the user point of view, I'm not a developer so it would be very
> > interesting to me what can be expected in the future. What are you're
> > expectations? Will it get as snappy as the old PALM Pdas had been?
> >
> > I'm really looking forward for your answers.
> >
> > Regards, Denis.
> Launch speed is something that can be fixed, I'm not sure if the
> build system is using pre-linking? if not it will be something to use
> as this is the cure to application launch speed delays on Unix like
> systems.

Lazy loading is too ... (the problem with delay is that ALL symbols need 
linkage also those not needed by the current user needs)

> The interface is VGA and so there's a lot more to draw and this makes
> the GUI less responsive than QVGA. The acceleration in the next gen
> hardware will solve this.
> The Palm PDAs were using task switching, it wasn't a full
> multitasking OS, so you have to realise that a Linux based PDA will
> always lag behind a very simple OS.
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