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[Bug 483301] Re: Can't disable fbcon


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  Can't disable fbcon

Status in “linux” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Binary package hint: xorg

  I just found out that a dependency in fbcon is hard-coded in Xorg for
  whenever kernel mode switching is used.

  Attempting to manually hide fbcon.ko results in massive screen

  Version:  Karmic Koala
  Up to date as of:  Nov 15

  Expected outcome:

  Without fbcon, switching VTs should have dropped the screen back into
  text mode.  The kernel or whatever code handling the mode switch
  should have noticed that it needed to go into text mode, and actually
  done so.

  Actual outcome:

  Without fbcon, the screen got horrendously corrupted.  Almost as if
  the console was treating the video memory as if it was in text mode,
  but the screen was still in graphics mode.

  Why this is a bug:

  Text mode 80x25 is very useful for doing work on muds and the kernel
  development.  I use it extensively because it's fast and snappy.
  Making the console a framebuffer slows things WAY down.

  Switching between text and graphics modes shouldn't result in
  corruption.  Attempting to force-load fbcon is not only an apparent
  kludge, but it's also an improper forcing of system policy.

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