[Debian-eeepc-devel] 1024x600 console

Phil Endecott spam_from_debian_eee at chezphil.org
Fri Sep 12 08:28:28 UTC 2008

Damyan Ivanov wrote:
> -=| Phil Endecott, Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 08:23:38PM +0100 |=-
>> I hope this is of interest to someone.  Would any of the Eee-using 
>> Debian Devs on this list like to check on the status of the 
>> 915resolution package?  It could be useful to a few people around 
>> here I guess....
> It is not required to be a debian developer in order to see what 
> happened:
>     http://packages.qa.debian.org/915resolution
> says the package has been removed and points to
>     http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt
> where after searching for '915resolution' one can find:
>     Removed the following packages from unstable:
>     915resolution |    0.5.3-1 | source, amd64, i386
>     Closed bugs: 484251
>     ------------------- Reason -------------------
>     ROM; Obsolete package, functionality is given by the xorg intel 
> package
> 'ROM' means 'request from maintainer'. #484251 is the bug requesting 
> the removal. It points to another bug, #452803, in which the fate of 
> 915resolution is decided.

Thanks for tracking that down.  It looks as if 915resolution was 
originally included in Debian because it could be used with the Intel X 
driver, but was removed when te X driver improved and that combination 
was no longer needed.  However, it is still useful for setting 
non-BIOS-supported console screen modes.  (Hmm, actually maybe this is 
a new use that didn't exist when it was removed; I'm not sure when 
uvesafb was introduced.)

Anyway, perhaps it should be re-introduced.  It is a rather trivial 
program and I don't imagine that maintaining it for Debian would 
involve much work.

I will write some of this up for the Wiki; if anyone has any comments 
please let me know now.

Cheers,  Phil.

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