New goodies omitted from the review
Posted Jun 5, 2004 0:43 UTC (Sat) by djao
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to terminal emulators
The review, while rightly congratulating the enhancements in gnome-terminal and konsole, left out some new goodies that I consider of primary importance:
- Antialiased fonts. Does anyone here use LCD monitors at all? The new subpixel antialiased fonts are head and shoulders above any of the fonts that used to come with xterm. On a conventional CRT monitor I can see why people might prefer their old fonts, but for me the increased clarity of properly antialiased LCD fonts alone is enough reason to switch to a new terminal, no matter what the performance penalty.
- UTF-8 support. It's ultra cool that I can fire up vi and edit Japanese and Chinese text at the same time. Even if this could somehow be done with xterm, you would need the previously mentioned antialiasing to make it look decent. For a good half of the world UTF-8 support is a mandatory, not optional, feature.
I think both of these features are more important than the relatively trivial details like configuration profiles or bookmarks that were highlighted in the article. In my case I literally would still be using GNOME 1.4 if not for the new antialiasing and UTF-8 capabilities.
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