2010-01-31 - 0.9.8 ∞
smart install lilyterm
- Running a second instance using bashrun kills the first.
- When launched at the commandline, it has no functionality for specifying a geometry (position/size).
It's a pig on memory compared to xterm.
Like window managers, taskbars and editors.. a good terminal emulator is always on my mind. When I bump into something new, I have to check it out. It's generally a short review taking only a few minutes before I learn to hate it. LilyTerm was no different, but I decided to make a post out of it, taking several hundred times longer on it than I normally would. Posting takes forever, but I suppose I need to keep my screenshotting "skills" sharp.
LilyTerm is one of many libvte-based terminal emulators. Terminals like this tend to be lightweight and straightforward, and LilyTerm is no different.
There's not a whole lot to say about a terminal. It really comes down to two obvious things:
- Feature set
"Lightness" (memory usage)
LilyTerm seems to fail at both. Although it has a very clean config file with plain English hotkey support and a nice context menu, the feature set is missing the basics like xterm's
-geometry 113x46+0+0. It also seems to use quite a bit more memory:
Note that I'm not sure of the right way to judge memory usage. I just used Hisham's wonderful htop and I look at the numbers. If you don't have it, drop everything and go get it. Right. Now. This can wait.
And honestly, no terminal should ever expect to not be compared to xterm. It's so "out of date" and yet it's still the de-facto standard. I'm still pleased to use it since it can use DOSEMU's vga font. I've still got issues getting my Unicode VGA font working again. Bah.
I was also annoyed at
control-o being used by LilyTerm to highlight the whole window. I was in Nano editing the config file when I learned this.
control-o is the default hotkey Nano uses for saving a file.