Monday, April 23, 2007

Linux - How to activate the Framebuffer interface

Hi folks!
I'm writing this short post to show you about to activate the framebuffer interface in ArchLinux to give your console a better resolution.
The only thing you need to do is to add a parameter to you kernel line in grub's configuration file menu.lst
So let's set the framebuffer interface:
  • open with superuser privileges the file /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • you will find a comment just above the lines that identify your boot entry:

# +-------------------------------------------------+
# | 640x480 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024
# ----+--------------------------------------------
# 256 | 0x301=769 0x303=771 0x305=773 0x307=775
# 32K | 0x310=784 0x313=787 0x316=790 0x319=793
# 64K | 0x311=785 0x314=788 0x317=791 0x31A=794
# 16M | 0x312=786 0x315=789 0x318=792 0x31B=795
# +-------------------------------------------------+

  • the only thing left is to complete the kernel entry with "vga=792" or the number corresponding the resolution you want to set... 792 corresponds to a resolution of 1024x768 with a color depth of 24bit 16 million colors!

# (0) Arch Linux
title Arch Linux
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/hda1 ro vga=792
initrd /boot/kernel26.img

That's all, and now, after rebooting you will see how pretty is the console with a better resolution!

PS: be careful modifying grub's entries... be sure to have a LiveCD to access and so recover the menu.lst file in the case your modifications are wrong or not supported.

Giovani idee ... an Internet campaign

Hi friends!
as you know I'm very busy because of the presentation of the citizens' list Giovani idee. Volti nuovi per la città for the major election of Rho on May 27th/28th 2007.
Our main media for the campaign is the Internet, so I decided to ask you blogger and navigators to take a look to our website and if you want link it in you blog to help us to be in the first places of the google ranks.
I don't like to use techniques like Googlebombing so I ask you to help us in a good mood linking our website in your personal spaces.
I'm posting much more than I ever did in my blogs... but the "output" is changed for this month, now it's Giovani idee 's website.
see you soon, and thak you very much for your help!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Giovani idee... Young and smart ideas for Rho

Hi everybody!
It's been a long time that I don't post here, but don't worry, I'm not bored of writing!
In these weeks I'm working on a project based on an idea I had with some friends and that is developing rapidly because of the next election for the Major of Rho where we live.
The idea is to form a group of young people that connect the various associations and groups concerning youth world, themes and activities. We decided to found a citizens' list (not properly a party) to support the center-left coalition of the former major Paola Pessina, at the next local elections on May 27th-28th 2007.
We chose the name Giovani idee (Young ideas), you can see here our logo with the motto Volti nuovi per la città (New faces for the city).
I'm very happy for this project, because of the enthusiasm inside the coalition about our proposal, because of the two inseresting talks with Paola about our contributions to the government program for the next 5 years.
Now we are collecting the 250/300 signs from the citizens we need to officially present the list at the election.
In these days I'm meeting this group of interesting people we formed for the project. They are wery smart, intelligent and they really care the city.
I'm happy because we are not closed so anyone can join us! This is very important for our long term project to create the group of young people to connect the associations.
Ther's a lot of work to accomplish but I'm happy!

PS: we are online on