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Re: GSoC/Outreachy ideas for gdk-pixbuf

Hey Bastien,

On Fri, Jan 06, 2017 at 03:01:10PM +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> Hey,
> I spent a bit of time with gdk-pixbuf at the end of December, and had
> an idea for gdk-pixbuf.
> I know a few people want to get rid of gdk-pixbuf, but let's be
> realistic, the amount of work needed to shift away from it would be far
> too great to be done in one go, so why not make gdk-pixbuf
> better/smaller to make it easier.
> 1) ICO/BMP code sharing
> Both uncompressed ICO and BMP use the same DIB format, though the
> headers are different. I think there's quite a few pieces of code that
> could be shared.
> Patches to share structures between both would be a good first patch
> contribution, which we now require for GSoC at least.
> 2) Use giflib to load GIF files
> Again, the gif loader is kind of hard to read and maintain and giflib
> seems to be well maintained. It would start with a new loader, which we
> could force load and check that it can pass all the test cases we have
> for the home-made GIF loader, and then use it to fix the additional
> bugs.
> This would be a single GSoC, with 1) being used to become familiar with
> gdk-pixbuf loaders, and 2) the actual target.

I used your mail as an opportunity to start the 2017 ideas page for
GSoC, and copied most of your email there


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