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Benjamin Slade

Posts categorized in ‘terminals’ (2)

Linux Terminal Emulator Features and Hardware Compatibility

In a continuing series of, er, terminal-related posts, a look at some features of a subset of terminal emulators on Linux. I mainly use vterm inside of Emacs, usually via Equake, but sometimes I do want to spawn a terminal outside of Emacs, and so I’ve been curious about the properties of different terminals, including the ability to be used across a wide range of hardware. A few weeks ago, I came across Zutty, which describes itself as:

Towards a history of Quake-style drop-down terminals

Continued work on fooling Emacs into behaving like a drop-down console (i.e. Equake), set me to thinking about the development of Quake-style drop-down terminals. The frequent label “Quake-style” does seem to suggest at least part of the origin in the computer game Quake (1996), or at least that the drop-down console in Quake was the most prominent/remembered example of this sort of UI.[0] On Linux/Unix, a number of terminal emulators have been designed with Quake-style drop-down interaction, and other platforms now seem to have these as well.