Sacrosanct Linux feature dies
I’ve been using Linux since 1996. Since then, the OS has undergone an amazing development, and all distributions provide an impressive high-resolution graphical interface. However, one feature has remained sacrosanct: the 6 virtual terminals. In the old days, when you had to provide timings for the video card and manually edit the xfree86 config file, it was easy to mess up the graphics display. But then, CTRL-Alt-F1 to the rescue! It was ALWAYS possible to get a terminal and consequently access to the operating system. And, in addition, most of the GUI versions of system setup programs had a TUI analogue, that could be run from the 80 x 24 terminal.
Until now. Ubuntu 12.04 BREAKS the virtual terminals on many older video cards, because it insists in using frame buffer mode, presumbly to provide fancy, meaningless, silly graphics for the boot screen. This is what my virtual terminals looks like now:
This is a scandal, no more, no less! Breaking the virtual terminals, that ALWAYS have been available, no matter what video card you had in your computer, breaks the promise that you always can obtain a console to control Linux. Simply a very, very bad design decision.