Frame buffer console?

Frame buffer console?

Post by gr.. » Sat, 25 Mar 2000 04:00:00

I've been happy with Slackware Linux for some years now, but the Linux
scene is getting a bit troubling. I'm not giving up, but I would like
to expand my horizons. *BSD is the obvious way to go, but I've become
accustomed to a certain level of support for hardware with Linux, so
FreeBSD looks like the best direction.

<sigh> I'm rambling. Sorry.

The two sticking points for me are 1)Java support and 2) decent
text-mode console support.

The former I can solve, as I see the 1.1.8 JDK is in the ports
collection and that will do for now. I assume that the Linux port of
1.2.2 stands some chance of running in Linux emu mode.

The console support, tho, I can't find info on. I've searched and the *bsd newsgroups for info on frame buffer console
and such with no success. Basically I want my 60 line 128 collum
crispy clear display on my text console, dammit! Is that available
w/FreeBSD or any other *BSD?

"If your map and the terrain differ, trust the terrain." -- unknown.


1. vesafb: Frame Buffer consoles

It shouldn't be a problem.  Are you using XFree86  Which server?

I'm running the XF86_Mach64 server on my Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop with the
ATI Rage LT Pro 8MB.  I use the VESA FB stuff to set the thing into
1024x768 mode at boot time, and I have the X server using the same mode.
Console switches are quite painless, mostly because they don't have to
change modes.

  Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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