80 x 25 no more…
On my workstation, I have a beautiful, large, Samsung SyncMaster 275, which is a 27.5″ monitor. The screen area measures around 58 x 37 cm, and the nominal resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels.
The display is beautiful and crisp, and the fonts are nice and clear on the X-display, and Kubuntu looks lovely on the monitor. My wallpaper is an image of the stunning, intriguing and slightly eery MandelBulb 3-D fractal.
For a while, however, I’ve been annoyed with the virtual TTYs on my workstation. With a screen this size, the font size of the 25×80 terminal is approximately 1 cm. Working on it gives me a feeling of being teleported -25 years to an over sized version of the venerable DEC VT100 terminal. Another thing, the Kubuntu splash screen with the blue progress bar looked really ugly.
So today I did something about it. First, I ran:
sudo hwinfo --framebuffer
That gave me a rather long list of framebuffer modes. I chose the bottom one, that looked like this:
Mode 0x037d: 1920x1200 (+7680), 24 bits
The number I needed was
0x037d. Next step is to edit the
/boot/grub/menu.lst and add:
to the default boot line, and reboot.
I now have 240 x 75 character terminal, and it looks beautiful! Now, I can run byobu with all its geeky goodness. And the Kubuntu boot-splash screen now looks really professional. Nice. There’s a slight problem with the status messages (from fsck) scrolling, but I can live with that for now.
Needless to say, I can’t show you a screendump… well, perhaps I’ll take a photo one of these days 🙂
I am a happy camper.