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    Re: Text-based system

    i've done it (for the fork of it) using elinks, pine, nano and mp3blaster. in my view, this is what pc use should be like for inmates.

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    Re: Text-based system

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla View Post
    What other framebuffer apps are there?
    Well, mplayer works. There some image viewers, mythtv works with qt-embedded in directfb, dfbpoint a presentation program and there is/was a GTKfb but I think that project is dead.

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    Re: Text-based system

    Can someone explain more on the framebuffer deal? Is there a howto on how to get all that stuff working?
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    Quote Originally Posted by era86 View Post
    Can someone explain more on the framebuffer deal? Is there a howto on how to get all that stuff working?
    It's new to me and it doesn't seem very commonplace around here. I installed links2 and got libdirectfb as well. That seems to be what got it going. Beyond that, I'm in uncharted territory.
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    Re: Text-based system

    I just set up and configured a text-only ubuntu system - my P2 laptop.

    to get it to run at a resonable resolution:
    add vga=313 to the grub kernel line

    Im using nano, links2, lynx (for gmail), mpg321(not alot of multimedia needs) ssh (to get to my files)

    I am also having some issues with links2. I had to chmod a+rwx /dev/tty0 for full color to work, but then gpm stopped working. any ideas? otherwise it runs in 16 color mode and it looks awful.

    Also, what do you use for a .doc editor, eg: word documents? I have yet to find a nice editor.

    And should I even consider doing wifi in terminal? is there any interface other than iwconfig?

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    DirectFB: its a library that can draw graphics on the terminal. there are a couple of ways to do this, such as svgalib, but this method seems to be the most common.
    It may be picky sometimes, but usualy if you have standard hardware and all the necessary packages it should work like a charm.
    It can also be used by apps such as mplayer for video playback...
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    Re: Text-based system

    There's also a kind of window manager for consoles that you can run without an X server. It's in the repos - it's called twin.

    Interesting stuff, but I think it's probably useless really
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    Re: Text-based system

    I would add screen to this setup. Screen you would find to be an invaluable tool.
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    Re: Text-based system

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla View Post
    It's new to me and it doesn't seem very commonplace around here. I installed links2 and got libdirectfb as well. That seems to be what got it going. Beyond that, I'm in uncharted territory.
    I think you'll have fun with it if you explore. As others have pointed out there are functioning image viewers, movie players, etc. I believe set top linux boxes do the entire ui in framebuffer. There was/is a distro out there without X that used a framebuffer to render everything too.
    Just learn how to use screen and you should be up to do anything. Also for communication I recommend irssi + bitlbee so you have everything in one.

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    Re: Text-based system

    oops i just noticed that last fbgrab was using the default terminal colors. here is a better one.


    I read how to change the terminal colors here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superatrain View Post
    Also, what do you use for a .doc editor, eg: word documents? I have yet to find a nice editor.
    Did you try antiword?

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