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ncurses demo

From: Rick Engebretson
Subject: ncurses demo
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 08:15:05 -0600
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Perhaps a new demo is worth considering.

I've been playing with the command "stty [ rows M ] [ cols N ]" on a linux framebuffer (1024 x768) console. The ncurses / Gnu Pascal demo "crtdemo" draws out many features of ncurses that don't seem widely appreciated. For example, the console provides a lot of "state" and the pascal demo reveals more of this.

The ncurses package is quite powerful on a linux framebuffer (graphics) console. SuSE 8.1 installs a framebuffer kernel driver automatically with the nVidia TNT2 graphics card. There are several linux framebuffer development groups, most are quite active.

To try Gnu Pascal, I suggest the gpc-2.1 and gcc-core-2.95.2 combination. You can set up a stand-alone compiler under your /home/user directory and not mess up your system directories.

I realize this is not a "portable" or "legacy" whatever. But I believe the ncurses approach to console control is seriously underappreciated.

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