"SVGAlib (the Linux Super VGA Graphics Library) is a powerful,
console-based library used to display graphics under Linux. It's
entirely separate from the X-Windowing System, and won't work
across a network. However, it compensates for these shortcomings by
being extremely fast and easy to use, and it allows full-screen
displays. Therefore, it is often employed by gamers, programmers,
and gurus alike."
"One consistently popular request is to develop a method by
which programmers and end-users can create screenshots using
SVGAlib. Screen captures can be used to immortalize the highlights
of a favorite game, or to share the end results of many other
graphical endeavors. As some users are quick point out,
screenshots are easy enough to accomplish in X-Windows (and various
other operating systems), so surely there's an easy and equivalent
function to be found in SVGAlib?"
"Unfortunately, the answer is a discouraging "no," but we'll
solve that problem shortly. First, let's take a moment to
analyze the situation, and what makes SVGAlib unique in today's
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