Linux  and Free Software :: fbterm looks good

FbTerm is a fast terminal emulator for linux with frame buffer device. Features include:

   * mostly as fast as terminal of linux kernel while accelerated scrolling is enabled on framebuffer device
   * select font with fontconfig and draw text with freetype2, same as Qt/Gtk+ based GUI apps
   * dynamicly create/destroy up to 10 windows initially running default shell
   * record scrollback history for every window
   * auto-detect text encoding with current locale, support double width scripts like Chinese, Japanese etc
   * switch between configurable additional text encodings with hot keys on the fly
   * copy/past selected text between windows with mouse when gpm server is running
   * change the orientation of screen display, a.k.a. screen rotation
   * lightweight input method framework with client-server architecture
Wow. Can't wait to try this.

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i've always liked the idea of a term emulator for the root window.
When I first started getting into desktop customizing, one of the things I tried for a while was a borderless, titlebarless, scrollbarless, transparent Eterm, which gave the visual impression of being part of the root window.  The troubles with that included Eterm is a heavy application with many "unnecessary" dependencies and it was a relatively complicated task to make it transparent.
I tried Yeahconsole for a while, which was kinda behaves like the command terminal you get in many video games (rolls in and out at the top of the screen).  I never got it working on DSL; I think it requires OpenGL, which I never bothered to try.

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