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Windowing system derived from a powerful structured graphics toolkit

Fresco (formerly known as Berlin) is a windowing system derived from a powerful structured graphics +toolkit originally based on InterViews. Fresco extends earlier incarnations +to the status of a full windowing system, in command of the video hardware +(via GGI, SDL, DirectFB or GLUT) and processing user input directly rather +than peering with a host windowing system. Additionally, Fresco's extensions include a rich drawing interface with +multiple backends, an upgrade to modern CORBA standards, a new Unicode-capable +text system, dynamic module loading, and many communication abstractions for +connecting other processes to the server. It is developed entirely by +volunteers on the internet, using free software. This project was formerly known as Berlin.


User introduction available in HTML format from; Programmer reference available in HTML format from
"IRC Help" IRC Help channel

"IRC development" IRC development channel


version M2 (alpha)
released on 21 March 2003

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Janet Casey

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18 November 2002

Leaders and contributors

The Fresco project Maintainer
Brent Fulgham Contributor
Gnanasekaran Swaminathan Contributor
Graydon Hoare Contributor
Stephane Rehel Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug TrackingVCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking,
Python (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to buildzlib
Required to buildlibPNG
Required to buildg++
Required to buildomniORB
Required to buildGGI or SDL or DirectFB
Required to buildMesa or LibArt
Required to buildFreeType2

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 3 April 2018.


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