non kde/gnome tabbed consoles
Posted Jun 5, 2004 0:55 UTC (Sat) by PhracturedBlue
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to terminal emulators
I have been using konsole for a long time on my (ancient) laptop, and it is great. the two features I use the most are (a) tabs, and (b) changing the background image of a given tab. Since konsole remembers its settings on shutdown/startup, this means I always get a konsole with 4 tabs, two of which have a different background than the others. I use these to ssh into other servers, and I can tell at a glance which tab I am on (while the titlebar also tells me this, I have a tendancy not to look at it very often, and have found myself to paste or type into the wrong tab often).
Well, recently, I gave up KDE in favor of a XFCE, and wanted to remove KDE and all of it's dependencies from my limited HD. Also, Konsole requires arts which causes problems on my aging laptop (which has suffered a partial audio hardware failure).
So I've tried to find a term that has (a) tabs, and (b) different backgrounds (even a solid color would do) for different tabs, and guess what. There are none. The closest I've gotten is eterm and 'screen'. This gives me my tabs, but not different backgrounds, and screen has its own limitations.
The other options would appear to be fluxbox, which uses the WM to do tabbing and would let me set up an environment I'd like, but I just can't seem to make fluxbox give me an environment I like.
I've tried gnome-terminal and powershell (which have slightly fewer dependencies), but couldn't get it to either to give me different backgrounds per tab, and overall just found them a bit cumersome to use.
So while I agree that there are great terminals out there, trying to find ones with advanced features with minimal dependencies is not easy.
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