Project BSDVISION Wants To Develop Native *BSD Console Desktop

Allan Fields bsd at
Sun Aug 21 21:55:42 GMT 2005

On Sat, Aug 20, 2005 at 06:18:13AM -0400, Mike Adewole wrote:
> For many people who spend a lot of time on the *BSD console and would love
> to have a desktop environment comparable to KDE/GNOME, I'm starting a
> project called BSDVISION to develop such an environment. Please don't ask if
> such an environment is really needed or not; the important thing is that
> some people like me need it badly enough to want to develop it.

And here I thought you were talking about a desktop for us vt220 fans.
There is already screen or emacs on that front.  What about twin
for example?

What exactly is meant by a "console" desktop anyway other than
something similar to early Windows that runs w/o X11?

Can you also make a Unicode console for *BSD please? ;)

> As a matter of fact, it has been in development for some time now and I
> think it's getting to the point where it makes sense to ask for community
> involvement. But I'm not looking for developers because development will
> continue to be done by myself with the assistance of paid contractors. What
> I'm looking for is people to maintain a community infrastructure (web site,
> mailing list, online forum, webcvs/svn, etc) which a community project like
> this needs in order to appeal to as many people as possible.
> So if you love the BSD console and would like to see it sport a complete
> desktop environment, the bsdvision project can really use your support. And
> since this project developed from an attempt to do a cleanroom
> implementation of libh, we'll be using the old libh mailing list until we
> have another one. Come help us make *BSD a truly complete platform with the
> best console desktop environment in the universe :-)

Allan Fields

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