Re: GGI, EGCS/PGCC, Kernel source (amusing thread :)

Geert Uytterhoeven (
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 07:37:43 +0100 (CET)

On Thu, 26 Feb 1998, teunis wrote:
> - I run multiple videocards. fbcons does _NOT_ support multiple
> PCI adapters. At least ones that don't initialize themselves.

No? The driver for ATI video boards does initialize the board itself. Besides,
on decent machines the firmware (e.g. Open Firmware) knows how to initialize
the board in a CPU-independent manner ;-)

OK, atyfb doesn't support multiple ATI boards yet, but that's a question of

Oh yeah, I'm _not_ saying that everyone should be using fbcon. For plain PCs,
vgacon is fine. We just need the full abstract console code to be in the kernel
for machines that always boot with a graphical screen, not text mode. So, on
machines without decent firmware, you'll be stuck with vgacon and VGA text
mode, and XFree86 :-)



Geert Uytterhoeven           
Wavelets, Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP}
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium

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