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SubjectRe: Other Screen Savers.
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> > I know people are already complaining about Kernel bloat (ie the
> > CONFIG_RANDOM debate). But would it be possible to add extra screen savers
> > into the kernel (as optional modules only). For example package the LOCKVC
> > 1.9 (c) 1994,1995 by Matthias Straub. Or the twinkling stars from
> > FreeBSD.
>
> This is a beautiful example of the wrong way and right way to do things.
>
> If you add a kernel ability to do an ioctl on console of "wait for blank"
> you can put the rest in user space. Instantly you gain flexibility, a blanker
> that wont break the computer, and the ability for other programs to watch
> for blanking easily.
>
> The alternative is a nasty hack in the console drivers, a pile of device
> specific kernel modules and no gain to other programs.

Hmm.... Sounds good. If no-one else has had a go yet, I'll take on the
challenge. (Such that it is) If anybody has some ASCII screen saavers in C or
just some ideas, mail me direct...

* cs95rro@brunel.ac.uk ryan@bcs.org.uk * Ryan Richard O'Connell *
* http://www.brunel.ac.uk:8080/~cs95rro * Finger: cs95rro@molnir.brunel.ac.uk *
* I'm not losing my mind, No I'm not changing my lines, ***********************
********************** I'm just learning new things with the passing of time. *

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