If you are happen to use Linux or UNIX, it’s inevitable to avoid the command line. I might make you scream out loud in your sleep, but once you get your head around it, it would not be that scary. In fact, I now could live without it. The sad fact is that not many care about tweaking it easier if you have to spend long hours with it. So first is to choose the right terminal front end, on Linux my only choice is GNOME Terminal. Hold on, but but .. what about the nifty Swiss knife KDE’s Konsole? To me, Konsole sucks, yes, I openly bash Konsole and I will tell you why, Konsole is like killing a pig with a cow knife. My good app philosophy is a simple app that does the job well. (Apple has been doing right based on this philosophy. You don’t have to be a Genius to do genius work right ;P).
GNOME Terminal out-performs other terminals like rxvt, xterm, aterm. Konsole is as fast as GNOME Terminal but when you open more than 3 tabs, GNOME Terminal consumes less resources.
I am not going into too deep comparing terminals because it’s not the whole purpose of this post. I am going to show how to tweak your GNOME Terminal for optimal usage.
- Configure your GNOME Terminal background to 60% opacity transparent. It would helps see the code when the text is behind the background.
- Turn on Unlimited Scrolling, please note this feature is just available in version 2.28 onward.
- Hide Menu Bar, it’s just a distraction.
- Move Scrollbar location to the left side to minimize your mouse movement to the right side.
- Use big good font, like Monaco at size 12