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SubjectRe: Dead Machine & 2.1.131
On Sun, 6 Dec 1998, Alex Buell wrote:
> On Sat, 5 Dec 1998, David Feuer wrote:
> > I get the impression that it is dangerous to run normal XF86_SVGA when the console
> > is fbcon. Is this correct? It works for me, but if there are hidden dangers, I'll
> > stop using FBCON.

Whether it's safe to run software that isn't frame buffer device aware on a
system using frame buffer devices heavily depends on the graphics hardware and

XF86_SVGA assumes your graphics chipset is in VGA text mode. If this isn't the
case (you're using frame buffer devices), unexpected results may happen. I
don't think fbcon can be blamed for that... Banging the hardware from user
space can be riskful.

> I think it's time I talked. I have been using XFree86 3.3.3 *and*
> fbcon/vesafb/matroxfb for a week now. No problems.

Alex: as the fbdev HOWTO maintainer, you should know better :-)



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

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