Can't disable fbcon
Binary package hint: xorg
I just found out that a dependency in fbcon is hard-coded in Xorg for whenever kernel mode switching is used.
Attempting to manually hide fbcon.ko results in massive screen corruption.
Version: Karmic Koala
Up to date as of: Nov 15
Without fbcon, switching VTs should have dropped the screen back into text mode. The kernel or whatever code handling the mode switch should have noticed that it needed to go into text mode, and actually done so.
Without fbcon, the screen got horrendously corrupted. Almost as if the console was treating the video memory as if it was in text mode, but the screen was still in graphics mode.
Why this is a bug:
Text mode 80x25 is very useful for doing work on muds and the kernel development. I use it extensively because it's fast and snappy. Making the console a framebuffer slows things WAY down.
Switching between text and graphics modes shouldn't result in corruption. Attempting to force-load fbcon is not only an apparent kludge, but it's also an improper forcing of system policy.
|Changed in linux (Ubuntu):|
|assignee:||nobody → Shentino (shentino)|