[Gtk-sharp-list] State of GTK-Sharp 3, especially regarding Windows

chubbs sol.chubb at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 10:41:49 EST 2011

These questions are exactly those which I could have put!  Especially 
the Cairo drawing ones, as I am transferring a real-time graph package 
from System.Drawing to Cairo.  Windows performance is particularly bad 
(but then, the System.Drawing using Gtk# from the Windows installer is 
also poor), but the linux versions have worthwhile speed improvements.
I'm certainly willing to help out where I can, even if it's only in testing.


On 05/12/2011 15:12, Wolfgang Silbermayr wrote:
> Dear developers,
> I searched around in several mailing list archives and blogs, but I
> could not find a definitive answer to my question. I read that gtk-sharp
> 3 is in the pipeline, and that there is somebody actively working on it,
> in part also triggered by the Banshee developers.
> I am developing cross-platform applications using Gtk-Sharp. In that
> regard, I have some questions, maybe the right people read this so that
> they can answer.
> On Linux-based platforms, everything is working in gtk-sharp 2 for me
> now, but on Windows, the installer from
> http://ftp.novell.com/pub/mono/gtk-sharp/gtk-sharp-2.12.10.win32.msi
> (linked on http://monodevelop.com/Download ) seems to be fairly old. Is
> anybody working on a new version of the installer, or is it dead? I
> found a bug report regarding this, but no comments about any progress at
> http://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=918 . The problems I have
> with this installer are:
> #1 The installer contains Mono.Cairo, on Linux systems I use
> which has a different API.
> #2 Some new features in gtk versions newer than 2.12.10 would be very
> nice to use
> #3 I do some chart drawing in cairo, and this can become really slow on
> Windows, because there is no hardware acceleration. Is there any
> hardware acceleration on newer gtk2 or gtk3 versions on windows instead
> of using the gtk-sharp installer? I do not intend to use Gtk directly
> for now, but if the acceleration is already available, a newer gtk-sharp
> 2 installer for windows would solve this problem.
> Thanks for any information,
> Wolfgang.
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