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I'm been switching to Linux as my main OS lately. Anyone using Linux knows that in the community there is an almost religious dedication to using the command line.
I'm wondering if there is a way to put Petscii, or some modern incarnation of it, into the kernel so that even without a GUI or XWindows system loaded, Linux would still have the basic graphic capabilities of every Commodore since the PET!
In spite of nearly 40 years of computer experience I feel like I'm starting from scratch in Linux. A Petscii terminal would go a long way toward making the low level of the system feel more comfortable.
If you have your terminal emulator configured for Unicode (usually done as UTF-8), and a suitable font installed, there are in fact a bunch of things like the box-drawing characters from DOS and an assortment of quarter-cell and 1/6-cell block-pixel pseudographics in Unicode. With the terminal & font set correctly, all you're missing is a keyboard layout. (Unfortunately, those aren't simple on Linux, or most other Unix derived systems.)
I believe there's a program (CGTerm?) that does all of that internally, meant for dialling into Commodore BBSes, but I'm not at all sure how you would set up Linux to understand the PETSCII it sends.
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