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best terminal emulator

Postby d3adf001 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:39 am UTC

personally i loved aterm but then for some reason just switched to urxvt a few days ago

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby wing » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:20 am UTC

My one beef with URXVT is that it sticks to Gnome's defined colorscheme... Which in my case is white on a darkish gray. Which is disgusting.

Yes, I know you can override that with commandline args, and probably .rxvt or something to that effect, but I'm fucklazy. Other than that <3
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Postby adlaiff6 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:33 am UTC

It's .Xdefaults (or .Xresources also, I think), and yes, rxvt-unicode is excellent.
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby rwald » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:20 pm UTC

I start my urxvt from either .xinitrc or .xbindkeys, so I can add -bg black -fg white each time.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby qbg » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:49 am UTC

Konsole works great for my uses.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Noughmad » Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:18 pm UTC

Yakuake. I like not having to start a program every time I want to use a terminal.
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby zenten » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:34 pm UTC

Either gnome terminal or ctrl+alt+Fx, depending on my mood.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Eps » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:20 am UTC

I really like rxvt, but I'm satisfied with the stock Terminal app on xfce. Any Terminal app I use has to have fixedsys as the font, though.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Pobega » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:59 pm UTC

I generally just stick with xterm, are there any advantages to the other terminal emulators? xterm has worked fine for me, it's quick and simple and gets what I want done.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby skilaatara » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:21 pm UTC

So what's the difference? Why do you prefer the one to the other? I use Gnome terminal, just because it was the default, but for all I know I would benefit from using something else instead.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby bridge » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:14 pm UTC

Noughmad wrote:Yakuake. I like not having to start a program every time I want to use a terminal.

Yakuake is really cool try it no matter which terminal you're currently using, it's perfect for quick commands
It drops down and hides automatically and can be bound to F12, which is faster than ctrl+alt+fx
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby EvanED » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:30 pm UTC

bridge wrote:
Noughmad wrote:Yakuake. I like not having to start a program every time I want to use a terminal.

Yakuake is really cool try it no matter which terminal you're currently using, it's perfect for quick commands
It drops down and hides automatically and can be bound to F12, which is faster than ctrl+alt+fx

Not just faster, but lets you keep your other windows visible, easily copy and paste between them, etc.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Bruce » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:45 pm UTC

I am an xterm fan. It has always worked well for me, curses doesn't break like konsole did (long time ago when I cared to try other things), unicode works just fine and memory footprint is low.
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby NieXS » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:29 am UTC

xterm. It's quick, and its name is small. Very fast to type on Alt-F2.
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Mr. Heavy » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:23 pm UTC

I've tried that fancy mrxvt and everything just seems unfairly crippled compared to Konsole. I have yet to give Yakuake a try because I tend to have 10 or 20 Konsole tabs/windows already open at any given time.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Noughmad » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:44 pm UTC

Mr. Heavy wrote:I tend to have 10 or 20 Konsole tabs/windows already open at any given time.
Then you must be doing something
a) weird
b) wrong
;)

Yakuake has tabs too, but I can't recall using more than 4 at a time.
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Bruce » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:37 pm UTC

Noughmad wrote:
Mr. Heavy wrote:I tend to have 10 or 20 Konsole tabs/windows already open at any given time.
Then you must be doing something
a) weird
b) wrong
;)

Yakuake has tabs too, but I can't recall using more than 4 at a time.

No it is you who has this wrong. I do not like tabs, but I do like having at least two desktops full of terminals, one for tasks I am currently working on and a secondary one for other things when I run out.
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Postby Mr. Heavy » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:10 pm UTC

Noughmad wrote:a) weird
b) wrong
;)

Yakuake has tabs too, but I can't recall using more than 4 at a time.

c) I am a system administrator managing a completely heterogeneous 150-server deployment :)

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby davean » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:38 pm UTC

Mr. Heavy wrote:
Noughmad wrote:a) weird
b) wrong
;)

Yakuake has tabs too, but I can't recall using more than 4 at a time.

c) I am a system administrator managing a completely heterogeneous 150-server deployment :)


no, that would be "a) weird", why is it heterogeneous?

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Postby Mr. Heavy » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:46 pm UTC

davean wrote:no, that would be "a) weird", why is it heterogeneous?

Science is a weird place. Everybody wants to do their own thing, everyone buys their own equipment on their own grants, and they all want to do whatever the hell they want with it, especially the Principal Investigators. Culturally, my employer has never been treated like an enterprise, even though it really is (we have around 1100 employees), and we're making slow progress towards that end but, predictably, meeting a lot of resistance from scientists who think they know everything about computers because they can run a 5-year-old version of Apache without it being compromised by chance alone.

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Postby tylerwylie » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:06 am UTC

rxvt-unicode for the win, and the way to keep settings is to use ~/.Xdefaults. It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I'll post mine soon.
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Postby d3adf001 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:26 pm UTC

Noughmad wrote:Yakuake. I like not having to start a program every time I want to use a terminal.


from what i understand it just hides it. so it is always running but in the background. you might as well just hide the window. also im pretty sure it uses konsole.

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Postby EvanED » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:39 pm UTC

d3adf001 wrote:
Noughmad wrote:Yakuake. I like not having to start a program every time I want to use a terminal.


from what i understand it just hides it. so it is always running but in the background. you might as well just hide the window. also im pretty sure it uses konsole.

Yes, it does. I think he was saying that Yakuake makes it so he doesn't have to start a program. The nice thing about it over just minimizing the window is that you can recall it with one keyboard button (F12) instead of finding the button in the taskbar or whatever.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby ash.gti » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:47 pm UTC

I enjoy OS X's Terminal.app

It does just about everything I'd want a terminal to do... So... No complaints here, although I might install the KDE to and try YaKuake, it looks interesting.
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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby xyzzy » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:25 pm UTC

Uxterm. Simple, fast, always installed.

And ideally screen as well, which means I only need to keep one around. Otherwise it's bound to a nice keyboard shortcut.
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Postby Bruce » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:35 am UTC

xyzzy wrote:And ideally screen as well...

Seconded.
xyzzy wrote:...which means I only need to keep one around.

This I really do not understand. I have always been under the impression that the reason to run X is so that you can display multiple VTs simultaneously. How do all you people survive with your single/tabbed terminals?
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Postby Auzon » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:25 am UTC

Yakuake and Konsole for me as well (Konsole only if it needs to be visible while I don't have it focused). PuTTY for the occasionally Windows use. I use Alt+F2 and Katapult to run some applications. I'm getting to the point where I almost never use my KMenu.

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Postby enk » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:12 pm UTC

Bruce wrote:I have always been under the impression that the reason to run X is so that you can display multiple VTs simultaneously.


True :)

Well, sometimes, anyway. Some other times a graphic web browser is not too bad either.

Bruce wrote:How do all you people survive with your single/tabbed terminals?


I don't get the tabbed terminal either.

And I'm kinda annoyed that four 80x24 gnome-terminals take up 1334x928 when my screen is 1280x800.
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Postby tylerwylie » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:13 pm UTC

enk wrote:
Bruce wrote:I have always been under the impression that the reason to run X is so that you can display multiple VTs simultaneously.


True :)

Well, sometimes, anyway. Some other times a graphic web browser is not too bad either.

Actually, it's also the primary motivator to go for biggest resolution possible.
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Postby xyzzy » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:11 pm UTC

Bruce wrote:
xyzzy wrote:And ideally screen as well...

Seconded.
xyzzy wrote:...which means I only need to keep one around.

This I really do not understand. I have always been under the impression that the reason to run X is so that you can display multiple VTs simultaneously. How do all you people survive with your single/tabbed terminals?


The fonts look prettier, and I use it for other apps that aren't running in a terminal. Such as iceweasel, synaptic, and the like. I'm quite happy in just a cli with w3m as a browser, but I prefer a gui in front of me to use.

As for keeping fewer around, I like to have the minimum number of windows I can get away with open at once. Something to do with having a ridiculously minimal window manager setup, that doesn't do iconifying (read, no wm at all, just whaw for resizing and stuff).
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Postby Bruce » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:46 am UTC

enk wrote:And I'm kinda annoyed that four 80x24 gnome-terminals take up 1334x928 when my screen is 1280x800.

Another reason why gnome-terminal fails. You can easily fit 4 xterms in 1024x768
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Postby d3adf001 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:29 am UTC

that pissed me off that vesa-tng doesnt work with anything after .21 and uvesfg never works for me. i love having my 1400x1050 terminal. i think that works out to something like 152x79 or something like that

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Aperfectring » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:43 pm UTC

I use xterm while at work, and konsole at home. I use xterm at work because my workstation is Windows, and the build servers are Linux. xterm is lightweight enough to have many instances open through ssh tunnels.

konsole, just because I run KDE and it is good enough considering that I don't do that much in terminals at home.
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Postby aldimond » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:41 pm UTC

@xyzzy: Just whaw and no window manager sounds really cool. I'll have to try some time.

I love Konsole's "random hue" feature for colors. Otherwise tabbing and menubars don't fit with my terminal needs (with FVWM and 6 virtual desks I'm sort of the opposite of xyzzy), so I usually stick with xterm. Ya, I know, you can hide those things in Konsole. It's sort of an inertia thing... also that I usually don't have KDE libraries loaded so Konsole is rather slow to start.

What I would love to do (and know I could if I wanted to spend the time on it) is have xterms open with a dark random-hued background and light random-hued foreground and then have those same colors used to represent those terminals in FvwmPager and FvwmIconMan.
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Postby xyzzy » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:41 pm UTC

It's irritating for handling lots of windows, because without a window manager you obviously don't get any iconification or the like. Which means that windows won't disappear when selected. Apart from that, it's a nice way of handling just a few.
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Postby shieldforyoureyes » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:34 am UTC

Anyone still use actual terminals?

I have a vt320 for all the headless servers in my rack, and a vt100 connected to the diskless node that my scanner hangs off.

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Postby Bruce » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:37 am UTC

shieldforyoureyes wrote:Anyone still use actual terminals?

I have a vt320 for all the headless servers in my rack, and a vt100 connected to the diskless node that my scanner hangs off.

I did up till about 5 years ago, but video cards and screens are so cheap now I do not bother.
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Postby zenten » Sat Apr 19, 2008 7:20 pm UTC

Bruce wrote:This I really do not understand. I have always been under the impression that the reason to run X is so that you can display multiple VTs simultaneously. How do all you people survive with your single/tabbed terminals?


Why would I need to look at two terminals at once?

Besides, you can usually just tile the windows if you're so inclined.

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Re: best terminal emulator

Postby Bruce » Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:28 am UTC

Are you serious? A couple of IRC sessions, a man page, a remote and local terminal you are switching between (it helps to have the other visible if you are doing related work). There are heaps more reasons like w3m, music players, bit torrent, etc.
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Postby zenten » Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:02 am UTC

Bruce wrote:Are you serious? A couple of IRC sessions, a man page, a remote and local terminal you are switching between (it helps to have the other visible if you are doing related work). There are heaps more reasons like w3m, music players, bit torrent, etc.


I never have that as an issue personally, but even Ratpoison lets you tile.


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