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Re: [Qemu-discuss] VGA choices

From: Vincenzo Romano
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] VGA choices
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 16:41:30 +0100

2017-02-01 16:24 GMT+01:00 Narcis Garcia <address@hidden>:
> No text installer in Ubuntu?
> I remember releases with "alternate install" media.

I am talking about "Ubuntu Server" not "Ubuntu" (desktop).

>> 2017-02-01 15:20 GMT+01:00 Narcis Garcia <address@hidden>:
>>> Qemu will provide some graphics adaptor to guest anyway. If you don't
>>> specify one, Qemu will use whatever default is for your version.
>>> I use "-vga qxl" with the hope it's the less resources consuming if guest is
>>> not asking much.
>>> I've tried this now and a resolution is proposed by Qemu when guest OS asks
>>> for frame buffers. You could press [Enter] if you wanted to provide FB, but
>>> it will be asked on boot while (in theory) you aren't configuring guest boot
>>> to not ask FB.
>>> https://current.workingdirectory.net/posts/2009/installing-debian-using-qmu/
>>> (Current Debian needs: install vga=normal fb=false)
>>> I don't know how to specify Qemu a resolution or FB selection.
>> I found it out!
>> Long story short.
>> Boot Ubuntu Server with GTK, SDL or VNC.
>> As root edit /etc/default/grub and uncomment the line 
>> "#GRUB_TERMINAL=console"
>> As root run the script "update-grub2"
>> Halt the system
>> Now you can reboot as -ncurses!
>> Long story.
>> For Ubuntu Server (I tested both 14.04 and 16.04) GRUB is configured
>> to use an 800x600 framebuffer.
>> Even if there's no graphics displayed and no splash screen: just plain
>> text mode boot.
>> It's a server, after all!
>> I'd say this is a misconfiguration of GRUB: by default a server should
>> never try to use any kind of graphics.

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