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Re: Intent to package: fbgetty

On Tue, Mar 16, 1999 at 12:45:47PM +0100, Christian Kurz wrote:
> > > I intent to package fbgetty. Here's an extract from the readme:
> > [..]
> > SWEET!  eye candy that runs even on my hardware!
> Now I got the OK from the author and now I only test the programm with
> normal ttys and with fbdevs and then I'm going to upload it. So I think
> that this package will be next week uploaded. 

One question, does the thing cope well with someone having (as I do) the
fb stuff as a module which they load when they want it?  I don't
automatically have fbcon when I boot, mostly because the reason I loaded
it some few days ago (I kept it around for playing with) was because a
nice svgalib app hosed my console and the usual methods of getting it
back didn't work (svgalib's register restore thingy, svgatextmode,
starting X and exiting it (which almost never works anyway)) ... 
modprobe matroxfb seems to ALWAYS work because the driver resets the

Anyway, I ended up having to reboot for other reasons since, but when I
got rebooted the first thing I did was modprobe the matroxfb driver. 
It's just COOL!  However, as I noted elsewhere, the lack of fb-using apps
is frustrating to say the least.  I do my webbing in lynx with zgv as a
viewer.  Unfortunately my Millennium I isn't QUITE vesa 2 compliant and
the oak driver doesn't cooperate with svgalib.  The ggi wrapper seems to
be almost a dud at the moment.  =/

Anyway, sorry about the pseudo-rant, I just found the coolest thing since
sliced bread and nothing else supports it yet...  =p

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