Author: Aurélien Aptel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:24:00 +0200
"what's wrong with xterm?"
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st is a simple terminal implementation for X.
+What is wrong with xterm?
+xterm is bloated and unmaintainable. Here's an excerpt from the README:
+ Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here
+ This is undoubtedly the most ugly program in the distribution. It was one of
+ the first "serious" programs ported, and still has a lot of historical baggage.
+ Ideally, there would be a general tty widget and then vt102 and tek4014
+ subwidgets so that they could be used in other programs. We are trying to
+ clean things up as we go, but there is still a lot of work to do.
+Needless to say things have *not* changed, it's still ugly.
+It has over 65K lines of code and emulates obscure and obsolete terminals
+you will [never need](http://www.science.uva.nl/museum/tek4014.html).
+The popular alternative, rxvt has *only* 32K lines of code. This is just
+too much for something as simple as a terminal emulator; it's yet another
+example of code complexity.