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I'm trying to setup a very slimmed down console only Debian system to act as a simple slideshow photo display. I know that it is possible to show graphics (I guess using the framebuffer) in the console without running X11 but I haven't been able to track down anything that I could use to display images.

Has anyone actually ever made a console based picture screensaver? Or is there at least some package out there that would get me part of the way there? I know that there are options for Gnome, KDE, etc... but it would be great if I could keep this build as simple as possible.

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I don't know of any console screensaver, but to begin with you can display images in your console using the aview utility. – user13742 Jun 13 '12 at 23:37
That's the ASCII image viewer right? To clarify, I would like it to actually show the full image, not a conversion. – Adam Haile Jun 13 '12 at 23:47

Turns out that I found the answer. Debian has a package called fbi that draws an image to the framebuffer from the console (the real one, not the terminal emulator in X11). Even can do slideshows :)

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Fine. For programming, I remember that I used svgalib, which came with some demos. – user unknown Jun 14 '12 at 21:57

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