Mike A. Harris wrote:
It'd be an interesting test for someone to disable xfs, and
to configure the X server to have only the "misc" font dir
as a configured font path in xorg.conf, and then see what
all apps no longer work.
I've been running my X server with xfs disabled for over one
year, but I've added back core fonts in my xorg.conf.
This seems to be a good compromise that would keep all legacy
toolkits happy for a few more years.
IIRC, delegating font rendering to xfs was just a workaround
to avoid hanging X for too long while loading fonts with lots
of glyphs (e.g. kanji fonts).
Today, this is largely useless because:
- Very few apps use the core fonts
- most of them are not even localized or unable to use non-western fonts
- Today's CPUs are much faster
- Unless I've misunderstood something, X should now be able
to load and render single character glyphs at a time.
// Bernardo Innocenti - Develer S.r.l., R&D dept.