My first Terminal under the microscope is Konsole, from the KDE Desktop Environment.
I am already running KDE with Mageia 5 and Sabayon 1604, but this was my most recent encounter with it. And it was under Kubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit.
Konsole by default is long and skinny (and its fonts too small), a bit like a gawky teenage boy whose bones are growing at different rates, but I can tweak that.
What I like about it straight away is that it
Allows you to grab the scroll bar and successfully drag it back to much earlier in the process
Allows you to revisit the commands and output from the start of the Terminal session
Let me expand on that
Some of the Terminals in the 20 or so Distros I run will, when you grab the scroll bar, only allow you to go back for a second or two and a number of lines or 10 – 20, before wresting control out of your grasp as it heads inexorably and relentlessly to the bottom of its downwards journey.
What is it doing? Running for a bus?
Why am I grabbing the scrollbar in the first place? I perform 90% or more of my updates from Terminal, only occasionally using the GUI. If I use the GUI, I always click "Details" because I like to see what is going onto my computer.
Anyone whom performs updates regularly from Terminal will have seen that sometimes there are notices that
Packages are being held back and/or
Packages previously required are no longer needed – use apt-get autoremove
(the latter under Debian-based Distros)
By revisiting the part of the output that has scrolled which lists these items, I can then address what to do about them, instead of forgetting.
In the case listed below, packages libntdb1 and python-ntdb met the criterion under above, and so I invoke apt-get autoremove.
With a number of those Terminals that I use, if I have a lengthy list of updates, removables, and held backs, I am returned to the prompt on completion and can't even go halfway back.
That is why I like Konsole. And yes, I expect I could tweak a config file to change entries or lines kept in the visible buffer ... but I like lazy.
Below is a screnshot of Konsole doing its voodoo.
Also included, in the Spoiler, is the textual output I captured, and if anyone can tell me what three processes I was engaged in, you may win a steak dinner for two at The High Street Motor Inn in Stanthorpe, Southeast Queensland with The Wizard and Elaine.
And the Spoiler
So if Members have a favourite Terminal-style (CLI – command line interface) applet they enjoy features from, let us know about it here. You may actually help influence someone in their choice of their next Linux Distro!