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A Run Down Of VT Switching On Linux

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Published on 25 August 2013 01:12 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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David Herrmann, the student developer working on DRM Render Nodes this summer and has been a longtime proponent of killing the Linux kernel console, has written at length about VT (virtual terminal) switching on Linux systems.

Herrmann has worked on projects like a DRM terminal emulator, a frame-buffer log driver, and numerous other related projects in his long-term goal to kill off the Linux kernel console (CONFIG_VT).

For those wanting to learn more about the Linux VT system, David has written several extensive blog posts this weekend to detail the current implementation:

- How VT switching works.

- Session management on Linux.

- Sane session switching.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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