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    xterm or Linux virtual console?


    How do people feel about virtual consoles? I know everything is supposed to be done in X nowadays but I find xterms tiring on the eyes even when used in full screen mode. If I need to do something that involves browsing a large amount of documentation, I prefer a good old-fashioned virtual console. I can only assume it has something to do with the way X renders characters.
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    I use both quite often, but generally speaking if I'm wanting to do anything in X, I'll use KDE's Konsole, Gnome Terminal, or urxvt (depending on what DE/WM I'm using). They all tend to look much better to me on screen than plain old xterm does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    I use both quite often, but generally speaking if I'm wanting to do anything in X, I'll use KDE's Konsole, Gnome Terminal, or urxvt (depending on what DE/WM I'm using). They all tend to look much better to me on screen than plain old xterm does.
    Yup, I was including things like Gnome Terminal when I said "xterm". I particularly like the tabbing facility in Gnome Terminal. But what I'd like to know is why a plain text console is so much easier to read.
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    Have you tried adjusting the font face and size used in Gnome Terminal to make it easier to read?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    Have you tried adjusting the font face and size used in Gnome Terminal to make it easier to read?
    Now that's something I wouldn't have thought of by myself. Fonts are a closed book to me, like all things visual - I've never understood how to go about choosing one - but I just tried upping the font size from 12 to 14 and it really does make a difference. Thanks, Ozar.
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