SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO) without graphics device?

Dear folk,
on a SunOS 5.9 computer I compiled a version of SDL 1.2.9 with aalib support
like described in the linux FAQ. The compiling went very well, but when I tried
to create a little test program mainly consisting of SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO) it
came to the error:

“no video devices available”

Of course I have set SDL_VIDEODRIVER to aalib. So it seems that the server has
no graphics device - at least I assume. Oh yes - I already tried the hint
described in the Linux FAQ.

But since I want to use the aalib for graphics I think/hope that there could be
a way to create graphical things with SDL without needing a graphics device. If
such a way exists, how does it look like?