Termite is obsoleted by Alacritty. Termite was a keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support. (by thestinger)

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  • Recommended terminal emulator for swaywm?
    reddit.com/r/swaywm | 2021-10-18
  • Show HN: Sixel-tmux displays graphics even if your terminal has no Sixel support
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-05
    > https://github.com/thestinger/termite/blob/master/README.rst...

    Wow, this confirms a lot of my impressions:

    >> In 2012, we submitted a tiny patch exposing the APIs needed for the keyboard text selection, hints mode and other features. Despite support from multiple other projects, the patch was rejected. It's now almost a decade later and no progress has been made. There is no implementation of these kinds of features in VTE and it's unlikely they'll be provided either internally or as flexible APIs. This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their hostility towards other projects using VTE as a library. GTK and most of the GNOME project are much of the same. Avoid them and don't make the mistake of thinking their libraries are meant for others to use.

    This is exactly why sixel-tmux exists as a separate entity!

    > Yeah, I read the entire conversation and if sixel support lands in tmux upstream, it would indeed be good news.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed, but right now, there seems to be a lot of good will. I will do everything I can.

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-05
    > Thanks for being understanding.

    No problem. I know maintaining forks isn't an ideal thing to do and support should ideally land upstream.

    > I believe it's unfair that Linux users have fewer options than us Windows users, due to some people thinking sixel is "uncool".

    I think the README page of termite pretty much sums up why getting involved in VTE, or any GNOME project for that matter, is a bad decision.


    I'm just a random spectator but perhaps your efforts might've been better spent on an independent terminal project (like Alacritty, for example) rather than trying to get features merged upstream in a GNOME project.

    > However, the situation seems to be changing: check the discussion in: https://github.com/csdvrx/sixel-tmux/pull/1 and you'll see there may be some light at the end of the tunnel!

    Yeah, I read the entire conversation and if sixel support lands in tmux upstream, it would indeed be good news.

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-05
    You might wanna consider avoiding all VTE based terminals (includes GNOME termina) on Linux because VTE development is spearheaded by GNOME developers. They're almost always guided by their "every preference has a cost" philosophy so don't expect any decent changes happening to VTE.

    Here's another explanation why VTE based terminals are best avoided.


    Here's a complete list.


  • If GNOME is so criticized for heading in a wrong direction, why do Linux vendors and main distributions (with large user base) still pick it as the default desktop for their users?
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-09-29
    The words from the dev of the now defunct Termite further corroborate.
  • termite?
    Note: I went to the termite github page and they still have the suggestion up there to switch to alacritty which is what I'm currently using.
  • Terminal Emulation (a comparison)
    reddit.com/r/archlinux | 2021-09-12
  • Bare metal Debian Linux on Apple M1 at 4K 60
    reddit.com/r/debian | 2021-09-01
    If you look at the people behind Gnome, you might get the impression that they are not interested in code openness or freedom, but the opposite. By their indirect actions they killed https://github.com/thestinger/termite/, for example.
  • What's the preferred terminal emulator people are now using?
    reddit.com/r/i3wm | 2021-08-24
    I like alacrity or kitty, The termite github page says termite has been superseded by alacrity here's the link https://github.com/thestinger/termite/
  • Windows 10 to be retired in 2025, as new OS unveils
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-06-15
    GTK, here are two forum threads that covers this.

    GTK3 regressions from a GTK2 perspective


    Horrible GTK3 / GNOME UI design is leaking into Ubuntu Mate applications in 20.04


    And then you have the terminal Termite


      This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their hostility towards other
  • X11 gang rise up
    I mean, yes, that's true. But there's some stuff that is significantly lacking here. alacritty, being GPU-accelerated, can be very laggy on low-end devices, and the input latency of alacritty is pretty bad compared to other X alternatives. I'm also not entirely sure what you mean by termite being "Wayland-native", given that their project has been obsoleted by alacritty. What is really missing is a ubiquitous xterm alternative, of which I'm sure many projects will be made as a replacement of.
  • Why is software always updating and why should I care?
    You can read more about in termite's github page, here: https://github.com/thestinger/termite
  • Termite is dead, use alacritty
    reddit.com/r/archlinux | 2021-05-14
  • nautilus-open-any-terminal doesn't update termianl
    reddit.com/r/archlinux | 2021-05-11
    Now you have no excuse: https://github.com/thestinger/termite/
  • Termite is archived. Maintainer suggests moving to Alacritty


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