now that i fully live within the framebuffer, one of the most important things that you need to have is a proper framebuffer resolution, and on top of that, a proper console font.
as for the framebuffer, things nowadays are more or less pretty simple as i didn’t even had to readjust something in my grub config under ubuntu 10.04-alternate, it just ran out of the box with the highest framebuffer resolution. but that still didn’t seem that much to me. well, know i finally know why: i haven’t had the proper font set up.
you can configure the console font (the font that you work with on your ttys, that is. that’s a complete different font as the one within a gnome-terminal, for example!) with a simple
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup if you already have the terminus font pre-installed. and i think on most distro it’s being installed as a default. the reconfiguration will take you through some other basic console reconfigs as well, like your input keyboard, your keymap etc etc until you reach the fonts. there, choose terminus (not terminus-bold!) and set it to 12×9 (if i remember it correct..).
now all you need to do is to reboot and enjoy your awesome new display. seriously, it made an x-less laptop so much more sexier. try it, you won’t be disappointed!