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Posted on 19-10-02, 00:18
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Recently, Debian Testing finally updated to gnome-terminal 3.34, in which they finally got around to making all the various menu-options accessible from title-bar controls, so you can use them even when the menu-bar is hidden. For a straight-up GNOME 3 desktop, that's an improvement.

For people using gnome-terminal on a non-GNOME 3 desktop, it can be a drawback. Title-bar controls mean a client-drawn title-bar, so window-managers that actually manage windows (like i3, dwm or awesome) now have extra, redundant title-bars hanging around eating up space.

I'm not angry, because it's reasonable for the GNOME people to make gnome-terminal better for GNOME at the expense of other environments, but I'm now in the market for an alternative, visually-lighter-weight terminal emulator. Unfortunately, it seems that gnome-terminal is absolutely the most polished terminal emulator around, and everything else is a step down.

My current shortlist of alternatives is:

- xterm is a bit primitive, but rock-solid, and I already have it configured to my liking.
- pterm is a straight-up port of PuTTY to POSIX, and it feels a bit weird to use it as a local terminal
- QTerminal feels weird because it's Qt-based, and sometimes it lays out Unicode text oddly

I'm definitely not interested in:

- st, because I don't want anything to do with the suckless "community"
- kitty, because I'm not interested in managing Yet Another Config File
- alacritty, ditto

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Posted on 19-10-02, 04:04 (revision 1)
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Xterm also has ths advantage of trying to actually emulate the terminals it claims to emulate, instead of claiming to be a specific DEC terminal and then behaving wildly diffrently.

On the other hand, something libvte-based will probably be better-behaved with newer software because of the nesticle effect.

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Posted on 19-10-02, 04:14
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Been using xterm since I got bored of konsole/gnome-terminal (too much stuff for my liking), even back when DEs weren't braindamaged. Normally I dislike minimalism, but come on, it's a terminal, you should not get in the way! ("tabbed terminals"? Dude, windows are free!)

I haven't even touched my xterm settings - I use whatever defaults are shipped by my distro of choice.

Yes, I know xterm has a menu. No, I've never used it intentionally.

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Posted on 20-05-30, 19:27
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As per this comment on the related Ubuntu bugreport, adding iommu=soft seems to silence the endless stream of swiotlb bullshittery on systems using Broadcom 4401 NICs, like my Inspiron 6400.

No other side effects have been noticed so far. Unfortunately, outside the Ubuntu bugreport all reports related to this stupid bug have been stalled (or even closed), as nobody seems to care about old computers anymore, and this comes out from the OS that supports pretty much every Network Interface Chipset known to mankind...

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