well..never heard of any Desktop/windowing system for the console, but did ya
check out aaxine...nice toy...
so ya allready have a video player ;)
>On Sunday 09 October 2005 23:51, John Richard Moser wrote:
> This is just a hypothetical, but what kinds of things can feasibly be
> done without X? Most of "Anything" is possible of course but truly to
> what degree can we take things, just to inspire some thought?
> Considering that Midnight Commander acts like Norton Total Commander,
> and that we can do a few other nice things like with MP3Blaster, I'd
> think that it'd be possible to make a text mode interface similar to the
> GUI interfaces. For example, consider the below layout.
> Scale: 1 char == 2 char (0.5)
> |Application Area | <-- upper char used
> | H: 24 |
> | W: 80 |
> |__________________________________ _____| <-- lower char used
> |Task Area |Desk |
> | |Area |
> 2 - 34
> 4 - 17
> First off, we'd reserve the Control-Alt (^@) prefix for the "window
> manager" with relation to letters and numbers.
> The "Task Area" could list tasks in the current "desktop." This would
> be like a task bar. Tasks could use an "attention" hint to make their
> button light up red. The task area could hold max 12 items, 4 of 17
> characters wide per row, which may be grouped. They'd be accessed by
> ^@t, which would move focus to the task tray area; the arrow keys would
> be used to select a task; selecting a grouped task would give a list of
> "windows" to switch into. Current selected task would highlight blue.
> The "Desktop Area" or "Desk Area" would give a list of 9 "desktops" to
> allow for up to 12x9 == 108 "tasks" running. If the "attention" hint is
> given and not yet acknowledged, the desktop button for the
> attention-demanding task would highlight red. Current selected desktop
> would highlight blue. The ^@d combination would switch into the Desk Area.
> The "Application Area" would be selected with ^@a. It would house the
> application itself. Most actions relating to the text WM would give
> control back to the Application Area anyway.
> I'd guess it could be done with ncurses; but for flexibility it may be
> better to work off a simple console "tool kit" designed for the task.
> Not my bag though.
> Utilizing the frame buffer, it may be possible to also embed a graphical
> task like links into the application area. It may also be possible to
> get the mouse working with this kind of thing, as it does with Midnight
> Anyway, in the end my point comes down to this: does this look
> particularly useful for anything? Aside from of course reducing memory
> footprint and retro-fitting your computer with what could have been if
> Commodore had taken over instead of Microsoft, would this have
> particular uses?
> I've attached 2 mock-ups here, in case anyone cares that far. Took me 5
> minutes to make.
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