Is there a port of gnome-terminal, or a way to compile it, or some other program that is typographically comparable, under Lion?

There is a typographic difference, and I can't duplicate it in Terminal; I can't even get Terminal to serve up anti-aliased text.

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    In Terminal, open its Preferences, check Antialias text in the Text tab of Settings. – lhf Jul 5 '12 at 14:14
  • Also, be sure to use a font in Terminal that can be anti-aliased. Alternatively, try iTerm2. – kccricket Jul 5 '12 at 18:28
  • @lhf, Antialias is looking great. – Christos Hayward Jul 6 '12 at 18:50
  • @kccricket, iTerm2 looks very attractive, but on Terminal I have Lucida console 14pt, antialiasing, with a character spacing of 0.9 and a line spacing of 1.359. It looks a bit like some of the better typography on the web. I'm a bit puzzled why anti-aliasing is not default. – Christos Hayward Jul 6 '12 at 19:59
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    Note that gnome-terminal most likely uses underlying fontrendering which means that the difference you see is caused by lower libraries or perhaps even baked into the operating system. In other words I think you need to look elsewhere for the cause of your typographic differences. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Oct 14 '12 at 21:30

The easiest way to install Gnome Terminal would be to use MacPorts. Once MacPorts is installed, run sudo port install gnome-terminal.

HomeBrew is a newer alternative to MacPorts that is growing in popularity, but Gnome Terminal isn't available in the base repository yet.

  • MacPorts seems to be working and is pulling in hours' worth of goods to compile. Earlier I tried a port install and, to no one's surprise, MacPorts crashed. – Christos Hayward Jul 6 '12 at 19:18
  • I tried again and it took over an hour of compiling before crashing. – Christos Hayward Jul 6 '12 at 20:03

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