Up until right now I’ve been using xterm. While it’s not the best of terms it does support 256 colors out of the box (and I don’t use fancy stuff like transparency/translucency). What it has been lacking however, and which Flo pointed out, was the support to make URLs clickable. This is an important feature, especially since I use mutt and slrn regularly, and my IRC-client is irssi, so the majority of links I’m interested in arrives in my terminal.
So I went looking for a term with clickable urls but also with 256-color-support and found rxvt-unicode (or short: urxvt), which is a fork of the original rxvt with unicode-support (duh!). To get 256 colors working you have to apply the urxvt-8.2-256color.patch in the doc subdirectory of the source.
patch -p1 < doc/urxvt-8.2-256color.patch
./configure --enable-xterm-colors

To configure urxvt you can conveniently use your ~/.Xdefaults. Mine looks like this:
URxvt.perl-ext-common: default,matcher
URxvt.urlLauncher: firefox
URxvt.matcher.button: 1
URxvt.reverseVideo: 1
URxvt.scrollBar: 0
URxvt.imLocale: de_DE.UTF-8
URxvt*foreground: grey6

The nice side-effect is that urxvt is about 10 times faster than xterm (try it by cat-ing a large file and using ‘time’ to measure it).

4 Responses to “rxvt-unicode 9.06 with 256 colors (and clickable links)”

  1. might interest you: http://www.void.gr/kargig/blog/2008/06/27/rxvt-unicode-256-color-support-with-vim/

  2. URXVT is my term of choice as well (alongside Konsole). :]

    But what I think weird is that in the URXVT FAQ Gentoo (as the only distro!) is mentioned as unsupported:

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