Terminals have a special place in computing history, surviving along with the command line in the face of the rising ubiquity of graphical interfaces. Terminal emulators have replaced hardware terminals, which themselves were upgrades from punched cards and toggle-switch inputs. Modern distributions now ship with a surprising variety of terminal emulators. While some people may be happy with the default terminal provided by their desktop environment, others take great pride at using exotic software for running their favorite shell or text editor. But as we’ll see in this two-part series, not all terminals are created equal: they vary wildly in terms of functionality, size, and performance.
A look at terminal emulators, part 1
2018-04-22 In the News 23 Comments
Seems like terminal emulators is one app category where *nix especially has a distinct advantage over Windows. The only decent free one I know of on Windows (and hence the only one I’m allowed to use at work) is Putty (or Kitty if you like), which is okay for what it is, but a bit bare bones.
I know you can use 3rd party addons to give it tabs and such, but I really wish I could use SecureCRT instead.