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README.md

cool-retro-term

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Description

cool-retro-term is a terminal emulator which mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight.

It uses the QML port of qtermwidget (Konsole) developed by me: https://github.com/Swordfish90/qmltermwidget .

This terminal emulator works under Linux and macOS and requires Qt 5.2 or higher.

Screenshots

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Install

Walk the easy way and install cool-retro-term using one of these convenient packages:

Just grab the latest AppImage from the release page and make it executable and run it:

wget https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term/releases/download/1.1.1/Cool-Retro-Term-1.1.1-x86_64.AppImage
chmod a+x Cool-Retro-Term-1.1.1-x86_64.AppImage
./Cool-Retro-Term-1.1.1-x86_64.AppImage

Fedora has the cool-retro-term in the official repositories. All you have to do is sudo dnf install cool-retro-term.

Users of openSUSE can grab a package from Open Build Service.

Arch users can install this package directly via the AUR:

yaourt -S aur/cool-retro-term-git

or use:

pacman -S cool-retro-term

to install precompiled from community repository.

Gentoo users can now install the fourth release "1.1.1" from a 3rd-party repository preferably via layman:

USE="git" emerge app-portage/layman
wget https://www.gerczei.eu/files/gerczei.xml -O /etc/layman/overlays/gerczei.xml
layman -f -a qt -a gerczei # those who've added the repo before 27/08/17 should remove, update and add it again as its source has changed
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~*" emerge =x11-terms/cool-retro-term-1.1.1::gerczei

The live ebuild (version 9999-r1) tracking the bleeding-edge WIP codebase also remains available.

A word of warning: USE flags and keywords are to be added to portage's configuration files and every emerge operation should be executed with '-p' (short option for --pretend) appended to the command line first as per best practice!

Users of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty) up to 15.10 (Wily) can use this PPA.

Ubuntu 17.10 can use this PPA

Solus users can install using eopg:

eopkg it cool-retro-term

macOS users can grab the latest dmg from the release page or install via Homebrew:

brew cask install cool-retro-term

FreeBSD users can install cool-retro-term with pkg:

pkg install cool-retro-term

Build instructions (FreeBSD)

Grab a copy of the FreeBSD Ports Collection, modify /usr/ports/x11/cool-retro-term/Makefile as you like, and then run make install to build and install the emulator:

cd /usr/ports/x11/cool-retro-term
make install

Build instructions (Linux)

Build cool-retro-term yourself, you know, the retro way.

Dependencies

Make sure to install these first.


Ubuntu 14.04

sudo apt-get install build-essential qmlscene qt5-qmake qt5-default qtdeclarative5-dev qtdeclarative5-controls-plugin qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin libqt5qml-graphicaleffects qtdeclarative5-dialogs-plugin qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin

Ubuntu 16.10

sudo apt-get install build-essential qmlscene qt5-qmake qt5-default qtdeclarative5-dev qml-module-qtquick-controls qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin libqt5qml-graphicaleffects qml-module-qtquick-dialogs qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin

Ubuntu 17.04

sudo apt install build-essential libqt5qml-graphicaleffects qml-module-qt-labs-folderlistmodel qml-module-qt-labs-settings qml-module-qtquick-controls qml-module-qtquick-dialogs qmlscene qt5-default qt5-qmake qtdeclarative5-dev qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin

Ubuntu 17.10

sudo apt-get install build-essential qml-module-qtgraphicaleffects qml-module-qt-labs-folderlistmodel qml-module-qt-labs-settings qml-module-qtquick-controls qml-module-qtquick-dialogs qmlscene qt5-default qt5-qmake qtdeclarative5-dev qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin

Debian Jessie and above

sudo apt install build-essential qmlscene qt5-qmake qt5-default qtdeclarative5-dev qml-module-qtquick-controls qml-module-qtgraphicaleffects qml-module-qtquick-dialogs qml-module-qtquick-localstorage qml-module-qtquick-window2 qml-module-qt-labs-settings qml-module-qt-labs-folderlistmodel

Fedora This command should install the known fedora dependencies:

sudo yum -y install qt5-qtbase qt5-qtbase-devel qt5-qtdeclarative qt5-qtdeclarative-devel qt5-qtgraphicaleffects qt5-qtquickcontrols redhat-rpm-config

or:

sudo dnf -y install qt5-qtbase qt5-qtbase-devel qt5-qtdeclarative qt5-qtdeclarative-devel qt5-qtgraphicaleffects qt5-qtquickcontrols redhat-rpm-config

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S qt5-base qt5-declarative qt5-quickcontrols qt5-graphicaleffects

openSUSE

Add repository with latest Qt 5 (this is only needed on openSUSE 13.1, Factory already has it):

sudo zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Qt5/openSUSE_13.1/ KDE:Qt5

Install dependencies:

sudo zypper install libqt5-qtbase-devel libqt5-qtdeclarative-devel libqt5-qtquickcontrols libqt5-qtgraphicaleffects

Anyone else

Install Qt directly from here http://qt-project.org/downloads . Once done export them in you path (replace "/opt/Qt5.3.1/5.3/gcc_64/bin" with your correct folder):

export PATH=/opt/Qt5.3.1/5.3/gcc_64/bin/:$PATH

Compile

Once you installed all dependencies (Qt is installed and in your path) you need to compile and run the application:

# Get it from GitHub
git clone --recursive https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term.git

# Build it
cd cool-retro-term

# Compile (Fedora and OpenSUSE user should use qmake-qt5 instead of qmake)
qmake && make

# Have fun!
./cool-retro-term

Build instructions (macOS)

  1. Install Xcode and agree to the licence agreement
  2. Enter the following commands into the terminal:

Brew

brew install qt5
git clone --recursive https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term.git
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/opt/qt5/include"
export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/opt/qt5/lib"
export PATH=/usr/local/opt/qt5/bin:$PATH
cd cool-retro-term
qmake && make
mkdir cool-retro-term.app/Contents/PlugIns
cp -r qmltermwidget/QMLTermWidget cool-retro-term.app/Contents/PlugIns
open cool-retro-term.app

MacPorts

sudo port install qt5
git clone --recursive https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term.git
cd cool-retro-term
/opt/local/libexec/qt5/bin/qmake && make
mkdir cool-retro-term.app/Contents/PlugIns
cp -r qmltermwidget/QMLTermWidget cool-retro-term.app/Contents/PlugIns
open cool-retro-term.app

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