Re: vc scrollback

Kenneth Albanowski (
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 12:18:30 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Joe Fouche wrote:

> > > > I believe the whole vc system is fundamentally flawed. It is not the
> > > > kernel's business to do console scrolling or console switching. That's
> >
> > WRONG. Very bad idea. The VCs are *the* thing that makes Linux useable
> > without X running. There are lots of low-end machines that this is
> > vital for. Linux is, to some extent, the only useful system supporting
> > such machines. It would be wrong to remove this support.
> The part that I was so emphatically agreeing with was the part about this
> being a kernel-level service. Should we throw an X server
> in the kernel just because that makes graphical systems usable? :-]

A full X server does much more then should be in the kernel. But what
about a simple graphics device that supplies the appropriate memory
mapping and takes care of the chipset dependant stuff? Considering this
data is essentially specific to PC's, why _shouldn't_ it be in the kernel?
Or at least a loadable module.

> 'vcd', anyone?
> --jf
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Kenneth Albanowski (, CIS: 70705,126)