FreeBSD's new console project is almost ready for primetime

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story imageFor a server OS, FreeBSD has certainly had what I'll affectionately call a "lousy" console for a long time. In fact, it was my first disappointment the first time I installed FreeBSD on a server. Fortunately, I'm not the only one who felt that way.

Phoronix now reports The FreeBSD "Newcons" effort to provide a new VT console driver continues making progress for its more proper debut in the next major FreeBSD release. The new code includes full Unicode support including wide characters (Chinese, Japanese), kernel mode setting, better font maps, and support for more graphical modes to provide prettier consoles during boot time etc. It is expected to be included in the next major release.

The FreeBSD wiki Newcons page has the details.

Maybe not lousy... (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-24 16:40 (#28Z)

I've never had a problem with the FreeBSD console, and vidcontrol works well enough to change the text size etc. REALLY looking forward to being able to switch away from X11 to a terminal on my laptop though.
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