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Re: Windows Telnet

Alan Shutko sez:
} Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> writes:
} > Fonts in xterms are just plain hard to read.
} Not if you have the right font.  xterm has even had Xft support
} longer than KDE or GNOME's terminals.

There are a few "features" that various other terminal programs (GNOME,
KDE, rxvt, Eterm, etc.) have that xterm does not:

1) transparency
2) arbitrary images as background
3) multiple windows in the same process
4) tabbed terminals
5) a menubar

Of these, only tabbed terminals (which is only in KDE's terminal, I
think) is even vaguely useful/desirable. Transparency and background
images decrease text readability, multiple windows in the same process
means that you can't xkill one window without kill all of them, and a
menubar is just a waste of screen real estate (in a program as
single-purpose as a terminal emulator, at least).

} Of course, configuring xterms can be annoying....

...unless you bother to learn about Xt resources. Xterm is nearly
infinitely configurable. Its menus are configurable. Its fonts and
colors are configurable. With a teeny bit of playing you can even use
Xaw3D to get nicer scrollbars/menus (without recompiling). You can
configure keys and/or mouse clicks to do almost anything. Want to use
the CLIPBOARD buffer instead of CUT_BUFFER0? Easily done. Want to have
PageUp and PageDown go a different number of lines, perhaps based on
modifier keys? No problem. Want Home and End to go to the top and bottom
of the scroll buffer? Easy as pie. Want to change things on the fly?
Harder, but editres is your friend.

Yes, there's a learning curve, but it's incredibly flexible. I can
tolerate the other terminals, but xterm is still the best.

} Alan Shutko <ats@acm.org> - In a variety of flavors!

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