2008.11: terminator is my favourite application

There's a lot of new applications in 2008.11—cheese is useful for testing your USB webcam and making self-portraits for avatars and profile pictures and I'm very intrigued by gobby—but I already have my favourite: terminator. Here's a scaled screenshot:

terminator thumbnail

I used to use ion as my window manager, so getting some tiling back is great. A side effect of those days is that I expect F2 to start a terminal, which is easy with a little gconf editing:

$ gconftool-2 -s /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/run_command_1 \\
    -t string 'F2'
$ gconftool-2 -s /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands/command_1 \\
    -t string '/usr/bin/terminator'

There's a little bug in handling the title bar I'd like to see fixed, but I can ignore that in return for greater terminal density.

Update: Col likes it, too.

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Comments:

Thanks for the heads-up. I'm a long time ion user: can't be productive without it. Perhaps this is my chance to finally transition to a GNOME-friendly window manager and still have some work done.

Posted by artem on December 23, 2008 at 09:51 AM PST #

I gave Terminator a try. It's okay, but it's not in danger of becoming a favorite app for me. I don't mind rearranging a few windows here and there. And, if I did, I suspect I could use DevilsPie to do the work for me.

Coming to OpenSolaris from Linux, what I'm finding to be my favorite functionality is ZFS snapshots. Perhaps it's my fondness for trying bleeding-edge software; perhaps it's being all too willing to answer "I wonder what would happen if..." by slapping a pfexec in front of it and finding out. :-) Regardless, I've done countless Linux reinstalls in my life; with OpenSolaris I can perform a rollback faster than.... well, faster than I can rearrange a handful of gnome-terminal windows. ;-)

Create a GUI frontend for snapshot management and it will instantly become -- and likely remain -- my favorite app.

Posted by Joanie on December 25, 2008 at 03:44 AM PST #

Joanie: but a GUI does exist and is in fact shipped with OpenSolaris 2008.11. It's called Time Slider:

http://blogs.sun.com/erwann/entry/zfs_on_the_desktop_zfs

Posted by Nico on December 26, 2008 at 02:33 AM PST #

Thanks Nico. I use TimeSlider. It's great for recovering earlier versions of a handful of items. However, if I build and install a number of unstable packages, restoring /usr to the Desktop isn't especially useful. :-)

I also haven't found a way in TimeSlider to take a snapshot (which I do before engaging in the aforementioned build/install), to perform a rollback, to examine what snapshots I have, to delete unwanted snapshots, to rename automatically-taken snapshots to something more meaningful so that I can remember the state at the time that snapshot was taken, and so on.

Can I do all of the above in TimeSlider? If so, my apologies. I will go back and reread the docs. Otherwise.... I can live with doing this via ZFS commands; I'd prefer not to though. :-)

Posted by Joanie on December 26, 2008 at 02:46 AM PST #

@joanie
In OpenSolaris one can restore Boot Environments (BEs). Fire up the package manager,
File->Boot Environment Manager to rollback to an older version. This however does not have all the functionality of beadm(1M) yet.

Posted by sanjay nadkarni on December 26, 2008 at 03:35 PM PST #

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