Since 1999 and the initial release of Gnome, Gnome Terminal was the only module that remained -almost- unaltered in time. Panta rhei (everything flows) according to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, and Gnome Terminal couldn’t be an exception.
Two mockups printed today on Gnome Live and while these are very early designs, the fact is that we’ll soon see a fresh Gnome Terminal!
This is the Gnome Terminal in Gnome 1.x. Thirteen years later things remain the same, at least at first sight. How a Gnome Terminal could be in the short future?
Menu bar is removed and probably goes in Application Menu or in a Gear Menu (that button on top left?). On the left sidebar we can see two sessions for one tab, which is very nice to have.
Gnome Terminal in full screen.Much better than is current state (F11). However Drop Down Terminal does it better. Of course these mockups are unlikely to happen, but the desire for a change is here.
- Fast & easy to use Terminal
- Interaction with other Apps and the Gnome Desktop
- easy to modify with addons etc.
Objectives and goals are not yet defined but addons in Gnome Terminal? Wow!
This is the Pantheon Terminal of Elementary OS and the similarities with the previous mockups are obvious. How does a Terminal without Menus feels? Much better!
Because the terminal, extensive use of it anyways, is the realm of power users, I think that we should streamline/beautify as much as possible without neglecting the NEED for power features to allow more productive use of this application.
Essentially I’d like to see the basic features from Terminator done with GTK+3 and some GNOME flair
- Split panes to view multiple terminal sessions at once
- Maybe with arbitrary maximum # of splits to keep things sane (i.e. 2 columns of 4 rows of terminals)
- Currently selected pane/terminal would be highlighted in some way
- App menu would have options for:
- New tab
- Split horizontally
- Split vertically
- Close (selected)
- Option to show titlebar on top of each split terminal or only the top titlebar reflecting the selected terminal
You can read all the discussion in Gnome Live!