[ubuntu-uk] Setting console VGA mode

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 11:41:02 BST 2009

2009/7/18 Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net>:
> What is this? A vt220 or something?
> vt220s will be 132 wide, but I don't know why you're bothering...
> Why not simply put a normal monitor on it and get 1024x768 or whatever?
> Confused... is this some sort of "retro" thing?
> Sean

#1, I don't have any spare bigger monitors to use & can't afford to buy more.

#2, I normally administer my server from my main PC, using SSH for
Linux boxes and Rdesktop for Windows ones. The screen on the server
itself is, literally, a monitor, used during setup and to occasionally
check things are all right even if a bigger PC isn't running or to

#3 I have 2 old mono VGA monitors lying around that still work fine
with modern kit and they're so small that they can sit on top of a
pair of servers, connected to 2 at once via a switch box, and still
fit under a desk.

#4 Being green involves re-using old kit that still works. Typically
half or more of the energy used in the lifetime of a piece of IT
equipment is spent making it, not running it. By making its working
life as long as possible, you save energy; by replacing working kit
with something newer, you waste energy.

#5 Ubuntu Server only runs in text mode; what is the point of wasting
a perfectly good large graphical display on it?

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