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I am using Cygwin. Due to the poor interface, I recently looked into other terminals that come with Cygwin. It seems that there isn't much difference between them.

What are some alternatives and how do they differ from the default?

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I am assuming you are talking about: cmd, rxvt, mintty, and xterm.

If that's the case then:

  • cmd - is the windows built-in command line terminal
  • xterm - the default terminal for X windows
  • rxvt - an alternative to xterm that's designed to be lighter weight
  • mintty - a Cygwin/MingW-only terminal program based off Putty

I would say mintty is the best (native-looking) terminal emulator that comes with cygwin.

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