Thursday, January 24, 2013

Console 2 by bozho

[UPDATE 2015-04-27]: After trying ConEmu by Maximus5, there is no turning back. ConEmu is so obviously superior, it has full 256-color xterm support, properly resizes windows like normal windows when maximized and as if that wasn't enough, comes with all of the most common shells like git bash and various windows compiler environments preconfigured, including admin versions. Seriously! And I'm not alone; other Console2 users have professed their conversion to ConEmu as well.

I just went to Maximus5 GitHub release page for ConEmu, downloaded the 7z archive of the most current release and unzipped it into C:\ConEmu and awesome console emulator installed. Make a short cut of ConEmu (either 32 or 64 bit versions executable to your desktop then start - first time it asks for some simple setup questions, like where to store config file, what shells to use (select from preconfigured) and then starts. It just works. Better than Windows CMD, mintty, rxvt, powershell and yest even the revered Console2. Thanks Bozho, but it's time to move on.

The console terminal for MS Windows kicks ass compared to mintty, rxvtcmd or powershell.

Why? Let me enumerate:

  1. Resizable windows
  2. Tabs
  3. Customizable shells.
  4. Transparent background setting.
  5. Customizable copy/paste commands.
I could go on and on. This is like 7zip, just get it and start being more productive right now!

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