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SubjectRe: Framebuffer still "EXPERIMENTAL"?
On Fri, 27 Sep 2002 jbradford@dial.pipex.com wrote:

> > Hello Listees,
> > yesterday I compiled 2.5.38 for the first time and noticed that the
> > framebuffer option is still marked "EXPERIMENTAL". Well, I know for sure
> > that I used the VESA-FB 3 years ago to get X running on a strange laptop
> > graphic chip, so it is at least that long available (actually I think it
> > got introduced for the Sparc port somewhen in 1995??).
> >
> > I think it's about time to promote the framebuffer code to a full fledged
> > kernel feature. Comments?
>
> I've noticed a bug with it, but haven't had time to investigate more fully, infact it might not be a kernel bug, but I suspect that it is. I don't usually use the framebuffer, (I prefer the standard text mode).
>
> On a standard Slackware 8.1 install, (kernel 2.4.18), on a machine with an ATI graphics card, and with the framebuffer enabled, if you type clear, then fill the screen with text so that it scrolls, (e.g. do a find /), the top four lines where the penguin used to be do not scroll, they just keep the text that is originally put there. If you press shift-pageup, and then shift-pagedown, it fixes it.
>
> If anybody has got the time to look in to this, I'll post more details.
>
> John.

Normal operation. Either switch to a different tty, or set a font.

There does seem to be a bug in your mailer, though (excessive line
length) :->

Ken
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