[maemo-users] further beating on OS2008 beta

From: Martin Grimme martin.grimme at gmail.com
Date: Thu Nov 29 14:11:50 EET 2007

2007/11/29, James Sparenberg <james at linuxrebel.org>:

> 2.  Why oh Why did someone take something as useful as xterm and
> improve to the point of being almost unusable?  I can't file bugs, as
> it is apparently doing what it is supposed to.   However, what it
> does really drives me nuts.  Maybe it's just me.

To be honest, I like the new X Terminal. It's good to have the buttons below
the window, so that they don't take away precious space on the right side
and force horizontal scrolling (which sucks in vi).
The new terminal also feels more responsive than the old one. But this
impression might also be caused by the fact that the N800 can run faster
with OS 2008.

Why did they remove the useful tabs and replace it with multiple
> windows?   Given that there is no WM in the traditional sense you
> can't resize and move between them easily.  Tabs afforded the ability
> to quickly manage multiple term windows (my record on the IT is 10
> tabs.) Windows bring this to a grinding halt.

Well, there is a WM, matchbox, which just happens to be a fullscreen WM. But
you're right, I miss the tabs as well. The advantage of this approach,
however, is that there's no screen estate wasted for tabs.

Why did they move the "button" bar to the bottom.  Down there is
> steals valuable screen real-estate from you.

IMHO, it's exactly the contrary. Actually the stolen screen estate is given
back by not having tabs. ;)
All in all, the new terminal steals less screen estate than before.

Why is it that they split the adjust background color and font color
> into two different locations in the settings gui?

This is really a bad decision. I wanted to change colors yesterday, but gave
up since it doesn't make sense to have black on black. Only today I read on
internettablettalk that you can change the text color in the font settings.
bad design.

Why did they increase the steps to use the ctrl key in the button bar?
> Before to do cntrl-c it was 2 clicks one on cntrl one on c ... now
> it's 5.  cntrl - text box - c - ok - screen  during this time the
> keyboard closes 2 or 3 times.  This can make vi a real PITA too.

I fully agree!

Perhaps I'm just using the IT differently from most, I don't view it
> as sterility a muti-media toy.  To me it's my #1 tool for doing my
> job, so perhaps I'm a bit sensitive.  Sorry if I sound ranty I don't
> mean to be but I am wondering why so may drastic changes were made to
> a really good app.

Well, your rants are on a hacker tool, something regular users most probably
will never see and if they saw it, would immediately close again. :)
I'm still wondering why Nokia now includes an X Terminal by default. Or is
it just there in the beta releases?

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