Monday, May 15, 2006

Ditching gnome-terminal

  • Are you a terminal junkie who still has to use the GUI as you can't live without Firefox ?
  • Are you a a GNOME fan-boi ?
  • Are you tired of the gnome-terminal bloat when you have multiple tabs open ? Are you considering moving to KDE's Konsole because gnome-terminal puts you off ?
Have no fear, mrxvt is here! It's basically a gtk-1 version of gnome-terminal/Konsole with the same familiar keybindings which you've grown used to gnome-terminal.
According to the benchmarks in this article by Davyd (a GNOME dev) , mrxvt even blows away the new gnome-terminal of GNOME 2.14.

According to the above linked article the time taken to output all the words in the dict file through the following command is:
$ time cat /usr/share/dict/words

gnome-terminal 2.14 : 1.0 s

gnome-terminal 2.12 : 3.1 s

xterm : 4.3 s

Here are the timing results for mrxvt.

$ time cat /usr/share/dict/words

real 0m0.274s

user 0m0.001s

sys 0m0.088s

The vanilla installation of mrxvt is boring. You might want to use this .mrxvtrc. The only compromise with mrxvt is that since it's gtk-1 based you might have some quirks as it doesn't quite integrate well with a purely gtk-2 theme based GNOME desktop environment (such as mine).
Technorati Tags: gnometerminal,mrxvt,linuxconsole


At 5:28 AM, June 03, 2006, Blogger nearfar said...

This is cool!

At 5:30 AM, June 03, 2006, Blogger nearfar said...

the multi-tab thing, when integrated with 'screen' would be awesome

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At 12:02 PM, June 04, 2006, Blogger Toufeeq said...


Yeas, its way cooler than gnome-terminal and much more intuitive. I've been showing mrxvt to everyone and they seem to love it.


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