I’m going to jump out of alphabetical order for a moment, just so I can start the new year off with a bang. Here’s XaoS, and this time, you get an actual video. Wow.
XaoS is a “fractal zoomer,” and while it does have extensive graphical support, it also can send strictly text output to a framebuffer, as you see above.
And considering that is a measly 1.6Ghz Centrino machine with a moldy-oldy ATI Mobility FireGL 9000 card, that’s not too shabby.
XaoS has about a billion options for you to play with, including a lot of preset fractals that look good either graphically or as a text-based animation.
Now I know there are some of you out there who are terrifically narrow-minded and find it hard to believe that there’s anything practical to be served by eye-candyish toys like XaoS.