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Re: Screensaver support for the Hurd console

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Screensaver support for the Hurd console
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 18:25:41 +0100

   > In many ways it is, a user might wish to do things like playing a
   > specific melody on a bell event, or beep instead of flashing the
   > screen.

   Already possible (or possible with minimal changes - not sure if
   the feature is accessibel through options right now).

How would you play "Hey sokoły" on a bell event?  Changing the code to
add the melody doesn't count.

   > Maybe adding a mode-line that displays information about the
   > current VC, adding a way to change events without having to
   > restart the console, etc etc.

   An "On Screen Display" which allows information and configuration
   is something I have always considered from the very start.

To bring up more points against using guile here, how would you
configure that "on screen display" on a system basis?  What about per
user?  Or running a bit of code on a screen update to show that you
have mail?

   > I have already started playing with it, and it won't add
   > "significant bunch of code" from the looks.  I'd say that the
   > changes are going to be minimal.

   It will add libguile, which is significant (up to 500 KB from the

I thought you meant code that would be added to the console client,
but in this case I will counter that with: but it needs glibc which is
about 100MiB from the looks, and all those Hurd libraries,
and... Well, you get the idea.

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