Thanks for the response. But actually, no that isn't the same idea. I went through numerous attempts to locate a framebuffer access with font rendering with as little overhead as possible and finally landed on DirectFB (which can be found at directfb org).
The issue went from a no-brainer to a pain-in-the-rear due to the need to support 1920x1080 resolutions. Much to my surprise, getting Linux to deliver 1920x1080 was much more work than I had ever imagined. No doubt it was also due to the fact I am primarily an embedded developer and always write my own kernels tailored to the task at hand. (Also, I'm sure there are other packages out there, but DirectFB satisfied the requirements and I settled into it.)
I'm going to assume I can simply install DirectFB - because ignorance is bliss - and I really want it to work!
I need to get a hard disk tomorrow and bring up MicroCore. I'll report back, but if anybody knows a reason I shouldn't - please let me know. I don't want to start a fire or have the police at my door.