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text terminal default 8 colors is it possible to increase to 256

asked 2017-06-23 03:42:05 -0500

Raffaello gravatar image

I was wondering if it is safe and possible to increase the text-terminal (eg: ctrl-alt-F3) from 8 to 256 colors?

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I think it would mean running the console as vgaconsole, maybe setting that option in grub would accomplish it.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-06-23 08:57:31 -0500 )edit

Is there any reason to switch to a virtual terminal instead of running a terminal emulator inside your desktop environment?

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2017-06-26 18:16:58 -0500 )edit

@fcomida there are few and btw your question is like asking is there any reason why those text terminal are still present? . and my question is about strictly text terminal that are not running in 256 color mode.

Raffaello gravatar imageRaffaello ( 2017-06-28 06:31:27 -0500 )edit

@Raffaello my question has nothing to do with the reason why "those text terminal are still present" at all, the ctrl-alt-F3 part of your question made me think that you were normally logging into a graphical environment so my question was actually appropriate given that assumption. Anyway nobody got hurt...

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2017-06-28 13:37:23 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-06-26 13:37:21 -0500

ssieb gravatar image

You need to use a framebuffer terminal program on the console if you want more than the standard 8 colors. Try fbterm for example.

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ok. I see. the development has stopped. So it seems is not really possible to run in 256 color mode except they will not be implemented natively in the linux kernel. am I right?

Raffaello gravatar imageRaffaello ( 2017-06-28 06:33:06 -0500 )edit

Development of what has stopped? I really don't expect the native console to change as it would be rather pointless.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2017-06-28 12:51:21 -0500 )edit

well i read it here: .

well native console if can detect 256 colors mode available and use it would be not so bad. But it is ok in 8 too.

Raffaello gravatar imageRaffaello ( 2017-06-28 13:11:12 -0500 )edit

I see. Yes, it looks like a very dead project. I can't say I'm surprised, it's not very useful now.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2017-06-28 14:18:52 -0500 )edit

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