[syslinux] On the whole gfxmenu topic...

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Jun 2 23:09:30 PDT 2004

I've been thinking about the whole gfxmenu thing, and I'm rather 
interested in writing some VESA graphics support code for com32. 
However, I'm a completely worthless graphics designer, and I really 
don't want to do the graphics design, for obvious reasons.  Partly 
because I think if we're going to do a graphical menu system it should 
be possible to theme it, and do various kinds of animated graphics, etc.

So, if I hack up some basic graphic-access routines, is anyone 
interested in actually doing the heavy lifting and making it look really 

I think what I'd really like to see in the end is something that can 
talk to the VESA graphics screen, if one exist, otherwise to a text-mode 
  screen, and also to a serial port (using escape codes.)

The last is important and quite possibly the biggest shortcoming of the 
current menu system.  Serial console is a big win, and I'd like to 
eventually support network console, at least in pxelinux.


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