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Pete
22 posts
Linux equivalent to Win32 GUI library
5 years, 4 months ago
I am trying to find a good answer to what the native API is for doing GUI applications in linux.

From what i have gathered X11/xlib.h contains the most native API for GUI applications in linux, then other libraries like GTK+ and Qt is built on top of this API.

My question is if my statement is correct and also if there is an even more basic way of doing GUI other than xlib?

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Mārtiņš Možeiko
2090 posts / 1 project
Linux equivalent to Win32 GUI library
5 years, 4 months ago
There is one more level below Xlib. Newest versions of Xlib library use XCB to perform its work: http://xcb.freedesktop.org/
Read about differences between Xlib and XCB here: http://www.x.org/wiki/guide/xlib-and-xcb/

nxsy have created HH platfrom layer on Linux using XCB here: https://forums.handmadehero.org/i...p/forum?view=topic&catid=4&id=151
Ben
7 posts
Linux equivalent to Win32 GUI library
5 years, 3 months ago
BTW, xcb is autogenerated from protocol definitions.

Also, it only applies to X. If you use wayland or mir, you'll have some other protocol/library to use. There is also hardware-accelerated OpenGL which can be used to draw things on screen.