I would be happy with a perhaps smaller modern equivalentdavidcoton wrote:Memories! VT220 were great terminals to use. I forget the actual screen size, but it was considerably larger than the 7" touchscreen (and quite possibly a different aspect ratio).
I believe the Pi has a serial port that can be converted to use RS232 signal levels easily enough. Once you've turned the Pi into a vt220, what are you going to do with it? While the obvious thing is to connect it to a DEC minicomputer, unless you work in a museum, those are even more difficult to find than working terminals.RPiRoss wrote:Well you wouldn't be wrong at suggesting that there are plenty of terminal emulators out there, however I'm looking for a PHYSICAL terminal. No emulation.
Yes, I understand that from your first comment. But if you are going to use a Pi Zero then you will need a software emulation to make it work like a VT220.RPiRoss wrote:Well you wouldn't be wrong at suggesting that there are plenty of terminal emulators out there, however I'm looking for a PHYSICAL terminal. No emulation.
Writing a terminal emulator is a bit out of my reach I'm afraid! But yes, it sounds cool right?!Heater wrote:Raspbian would be fine.
Write a VT100/220 terminal emulator using Qt 5. If you can't find such a thing already written.
Run the VT100/220 emulator straight into the frame buffer, no X Windows required.
Sounds like a sweet project.
Unfortunately I'm looking for the look of the VT220. I think it looks awesome. But having a modern equivalent would be dreamy. I've made enquiries and refurbished models are £300+.k-pi wrote:Would it be the same to you if you just used Raspbian-lite, & connected to a small monitor like the Eyoyo 8"?
I like working at the command line at times, the built in VT's of Linux are good, you normally have 6 set up, & can swap between them using Ctrl+F1~6.
There are a couple of multiplexers if you just want to work from one VT, screen being one of them.