FreeBSD 6.2. Can I get 128x48 (or similar) console screens?
nvass at teledomenet.gr
Thu Aug 2 14:05:32 UTC 2007
On Thursday 02 August 2007 15:20, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> Hi, FreeBSD!
> I'm a long time GNU/Linux user, and I'm considering changing over to
> FreeBSD. Why? To escape the upgrade tread-mill. Every time a new
> Debian release comes out, I say "Oh no, not again!", scarcely looking
> forward to the weeks of pain getting it to work properly.
You may have the very same problems using FreeBSD.
> I'm not sure
> I prefer the alternative, something like Ubuntu or PCLinux, where you
> just shut your eyes, lie back and think of South Africa, not knowing
> quite what's getting installed on your PC.
That's not a very nice comment to do. Please, keep your feelings
about continents/countries/Linux distributions out of here.
> And finding the usable
> nuggets of information in the vast swathes of Linux documentation
> scattered diffusely over the Internet isn't fun either.
That's a problem you won't have with FreeBSD.
> Anyway, back to the point! I do most of my work in Linux on virtual
> console screens, which are set up at 128x48 characters courtesy of the
> "framebuffer" thing in the Linux kernel. Previously, I had used
> SVGATextMode, which did much the same. I just don't much like GUIs,
> since they are cluttered up with toolbars, dialog boxes, scrollbars,
> wine bars, start bars, crowbars, ...., and tend to steal key sequences
> which I want to belong to applications.
There are dozens of window managers you can choose from.
Not all of them have bells and whistles. You could try
ion wm, which is a very minimal window manager.
> I haven't found any like facility in 6.2, so far: I downloaded the
> documentation last night (the CD image 6.2-RELEASE-i386-docs.iso) and
> had a general browse through it (the English version). It's nicely
> written, but I didn't find what I was looking for. Then I grepped
> through it with
> find . -name "*.txt" | xargs grep '[1-9][0-9]*x[1-9][0-9]*'
> without finding anything helpful. 80x60 isn't enough!
> Is it possible I've missed something relevant? Or is there some sort of
> add-on utility which would give me consoles with (approximately) 128x48?
You'll probably have to build the kernel yourself.
Read vidcontrol manual page. It boils down to this:
You have to add VESA support and raster text mode
support to your kernel.
Keep in mind that the above guide, recommends upgrading.
You don't have to upgrade, just build your kernel with
what is needed.
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