SDL status (was Re: Rewriting for Linux?)

Don Hopkins dhopkins at
Wed Apr 4 21:24:13 EDT 2007

Albert Cahalan wrote:
> There are also performance problems caused by the 5:6:5 color,
> but this isn't specific to SDL. CPUs have built-in support for
> accessing 8-bit values, but not for 5-bit and 6-bit values.
...Alas, except for old "obsolete" computers like the PDP-10 with bit 
field pointers and the PowerPC with bit field extraction.
The classic Turing machine was pretty good at manipulating individual 
bits, too! But it was a pain to manipulate more than one bit at a time...


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