Comparing raw telnet to a good MUD client is like comparing an Opel Kadett to a BMW 740 E38. Both run on 4 wheels, both would get you from A to B but...not in the same way
With that said, I am also looking for a good MUD client. I hope to be able to make GGmud run in the near future. Currently Zmud is the only thing which makes me run Windows. Wine somehow bugs it, at least my 7.21 version. I tried Papaya, Kildclient, Gnome Mud, TF..also TinTin but is there a GUI for it?
What I want is GUI, aliases, triggers, variables, 50k lines scroll back history, huge command line history, logging in color so I can post playerkill logs
. Color triggers would also be nice but I guess I could sacrifice them in the name of getting rid of Windows and just use highlights. Well, I would keep Windows to run OBD software for my car and some other programs but...damn Zmud makes me use it too often :P