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Perhaps a new demo is worth considering.
I've been playing with the command "stty [ rows M ] [ cols N ]" on a
linux framebuffer (1024 x768) console. The ncurses / Gnu Pascal demo
"crtdemo" draws out many features of ncurses that don't seem widely
appreciated. For example, the console provides a lot of "state" and the
pascal demo reveals more of this.
The ncurses package is quite powerful on a linux framebuffer (graphics)
console. SuSE 8.1 installs a framebuffer kernel driver automatically
with the nVidia TNT2 graphics card. There are several linux framebuffer
development groups, most are quite active.
To try Gnu Pascal, I suggest the gpc-2.1 and gcc-core-2.95.2
combination. You can set up a stand-alone compiler under your /home/user
directory and not mess up your system directories.
I realize this is not a "portable" or "legacy" whatever. But I believe
the ncurses approach to console control is seriously underappreciated.
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