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Old 02-13-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Smile Displaying a Bitmap (or DIB)

Hello, all.

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I am definitely a newbie to Arch Linux, and to Linux in general. So please pardon my na´vitÚ.

Over the past few weeks I have installed and reinstalled Arch on various machines, becoming familiar with the different steps involved. I've been exploring the filesystem hierarchy, learning and experimenting with basic commands, writing simple shell scripts, and even customizing things a little. And, of course, reading countless man pages (that, alas, much of the time reach far beyond my comprehension). I have been avoiding, for the moment, a GUI.

I would like to know if it is possible - and I am sure that it is, but not sure how it is - to play videos, to listen to music, and to display pictures, without using some kind of X windows system. The command line is what attracted me to Arch, and I would like to keep things minimalistic for the moment.

The videos, the audio files, and even compressed images are not so important right now.


I'd like to know simply how to print a 256 color bitmap to the display.

Please KISS for me!
Old 02-14-2013, 01:18 AM   #2
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No matter.

I found this:

"Non-X viewers are hard to come by, since they are very hardware dependent.
Linux users with VGA/SVGA displays may like zgv."

It is written on a very reputable FAQ site.

The program seems minimalistic, using libjpeg, libpng etc.

Though I'd really like to learn how to print the image to the standard output myself.

I think this will encourage me to learn more C.

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