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I actually just got yakuake and did some stuff with it.
The only thing I don't like about it is that, at least on my machine, it covers the whole top half of my screen. I can still do almost all tasks as I'd just hit F12 again and it will run in the background but if I seriously need more than two or three windows open at the the same time I can still use Konsole.
I think it's a testament to the versatility of Konsole, actually. Though I thought I saw somewhere that Konsole is just a sophisticated integration of xterm?
You can configure yakuake's with/height/bgcolor/transparency/"animation" delay .. well .. a lot of stuff
For anyone having one of those noob moments like I just did, the little down-arrow in the title bar has all those options. X to close it and + to stick it. I selected "Use Konsole Settings" after right-clicking the app to get my transparency and background and such.
Thanks cupubboy... sometimes I just need a kick in the rear to get simple stuff done.
EDIT: Oh yes, and yakuake is now my primary terminal now (Konsole integration with Kate and Konqueror not withstanding). The extra options that I magically discovered () have made it incredibly cool. There's still a use for Konsole for me but it has to be pretty heavy.
Gotta put my weight behind gnome-terminal this time, and for a very simple reason. Sofar its the only one that implements unicode support in a reasonable and bugfree(tm) way.. Sure urxvt was my favourite for a while, but it just had way too many weird mishaps when coming in contact with unicode.
I'm just voting for rxvt because it's the only terminal emulator I use in a pinch in an X environment. Since this thread is for "best linux terminal for programming", I'd like to point out that when I write programs, nothing beats emacs (or vi) and several screen sessions.
I would vote for Konsole, also. The reasons: 1) the tabbed windows are well implemented; 2) it's very configurable in terms of appearance, fonts, tabs, etc., which is important to us older programmers whose eyes aren't as good as you youngens' LOL; and 3) KSSH - Secure Shell front-end by Andrea Rizzi is nicely integrated to use a new tab in Konsole.
Konsole is responsive, both in loading time and the way it responds to keystrokes or the mouse, and vi/vim work nicely within it's borders.