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  1. #231
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    Thanks for the history. I did find a pic of a poster for a band with that name and logo, for a show at the Keystone in Palo Alto, CA in 1979. Found a pic of another pin, but blue.

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    It's hard to believe, but the first time any part of the code for LaserBoy was release to the public was January 1, 2005.

    It was part of a Linux API that I wrote for controlling the video card, called ezfb.

    Having an application that used the API really drove the development of both projects.

    Originally, ild2fb was a console application. It took two computers to work. One of them ran Linux and provided the high resolution vector display and the other shelled into the Linux machine to run and control the app through a terminal. It could also be done on one machine with Knoppix installed as a virtual machine.

    That's why there is no mouse!

    Someone told me about libSDL and with that I was able to port LaserBoy to any OS that is supported by libSDL.

    To this day, you can still run LaserBoy in a console of a Linux machine with frame buffer support in the kernel; absolutely no windowing system required.

    It works quite well on a Raspberry Pi.

    James.
    Last edited by james; 04-21-2019 at 09:11.
    Creator of LaserBoy!
    LaserBoy is free and runs in Windows, MacOSX and Linux.
    http://laserboy.org/code/LaserBoy_Current.zip
    http://theamerikans.org/LaserBoy

    http://laserboy.org/formatt/
    Ask me about my LaserBoy Correction Amp Kit for sale!

    Either do or do not do. There is no undo!

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