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If I don't want to install a GUI, just install a minimal Ubuntu amd64.

Ok, but: I heard that I can still run e.g.: Firefox in a "framebuffer" (?), so I'm asking, that how can I run e.g.: a VLC media player through a framebuffer under console, without "GUI"?

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you can't run a gui element without a gui, how would you even play a video if you don't have a gui to draw a window for it. and i'm pretty sure that what you're referring to is this <---calsoftlabs.com/whitepapers/firefox_gtk_dfb.html –  Uri Herrera Jun 4 '11 at 10:58
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mplayer supports it. I can;t say I know anything about it, but a quick Google on "mplayer Linux framebuffer" came up with quite a bit, though most of what I saw were how-to's for other distros; Gentoo, Arch, etc. From what I gather you MAY have to do a specific compile of mplayer, or maybe not. But yes, you can do video from framebuffer. –  mvario Jun 4 '11 at 16:40

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  • Make sure your console starts in framebuffer mode.
  • Add your user to 'video' group:
  • Install mplayer sudo apt-get install mplayer
  • Run mplayer -vo fbdev video.avi

I was able to run a videofile in framebuffer with a default installation if Ubuntu 11.10

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tested under Fedora14: it works. wow. :D lol. but how can i set it to run in full screen? –  LanceBaynes Oct 17 '11 at 9:24
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There is a scale argument '-vf scale=800x600' ... put your resolution. –  Adi Roiban Oct 18 '11 at 7:47
    
mplayer -fs may start it in fullscreen –  rogerdpack Apr 7 at 20:35

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