Spent some time last night working on the proposed gnocl::cairo package. I've got most of the innards working now and the next step will be wrapping the gdk core api into the mixture. Cairo is certainly fast even on my old 32-bit workstation. By default, my development code wants always to work on bitmaps but, of course, Cairo will work on a variety of surfaces. Apart from pixbufs, the additional objects include svn, png, ps, pdf, some other windows, mac and X formats and gdk drawables such as windows. The code is expanding rapidly but, it's getting there!