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SubjectRe: [PATCH] intel-rng: Undo mess made by an 80 column extremist
On 08/06/07, Daniel Hazelton <> wrote:
> On Thursday 07 June 2007 17:17:18 Krzysztof Halasa wrote:
> > Alan Cox <> writes:
> > > The intel-rng printed a nice well formatted message when the port was
> > > disabled. Someone then came along and blindly trashed it by screwing up a
> > > trim down to 80 columns.
> >
> > Perhaps we should drop that 80-column style and use some 120+?
> > X or no X, almost all people now have more lines and columns on their
> > displays than MDA 20 years ago.
> >
> > 132 to match text VGA perhaps?
> > 80 can be left for the actual _output_, I mean number of chars printed
> > by kernel code.
> Why? My consoles are *all* still 80x24 text mode. It's only if I decide to
> monkey with the settings (and why fix what isn't broken?) or when I'm in X
> that I get a bigger screen than that.
> I think the general consensus on the 80 character lines isn't for the average
> home user, but for the people that have things like old Wyse terminals and
> such hooked up.

Hmm, perhaps my eyes are just not as good as other peoples, but my X
runs at 1600x1200 and I have konsole in KDE configured so that when it
is maximized it is very close to a 80x25 window (actually it is 82x31
with a size 18 font).
Nice and readable, if I make the font any smaller to fit more
cols/rows then the text gets too small and my eyes hurt.
Reading kernel code formatted for 80cols fits perfectly for me.

Jesper Juhl <>
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