Oh, and if the NSA is listening, I wouldn't actually kill, that's just an expression. Please don't arrest me.
Currently it looks like this.
Should work for you if you are using anything. But works out of the box with cmd + msys-git + some other godness.
Also spit window support, aliases, fullscreen, history search. Sublime Text like shortcuts.
If my assumption holds, I did find this article recommending Console2.
I like the tabbed interface and the way it does select/copy/paste (close to the Windows way) in the CMD console. And, it has some pretty cool support for the FAR Manager.
Here's a nice writeup by Scott Hanselman: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ConEmuTheWindowsTerminalConsol...
Select-to-copy is yuck for two reasons:
1: After you select, it copies and then deselects. This is annoying if you want to see that you selected the right thing, and it doesn't allow you to change your selection if you see you were off by a character.
2: I like to select to mark my place sometimes, but I don't want that to change what's on my system clipboard.
ctrl/shift Insert is yuck because it's a two-hand keystroke and doesn't have an easy way to remember whether shift or ctrl is the copy. (I don't often make mistakes between the two, but it leaves me unsure of myself which is a half second lost to hesitation each time.)
I miss middle-click to paste and select-to-copy where ever I can't use them.
So to the humour. The issue is HN can't tell the difference between satire of itself and real advice. Each of which is probably equally valuable. Nobody wants to hear this. They all want to feel good. And get rich! And have authority!
Humour has no place here...
Cygwin is pretty awful as well. I hear a lot of people suggest it but I really couldn't get on with Cygwin. I found MinGW to be a much better solution (which also ships some pretty cool terminal emulators as well)
Before mintty, I used Putty and connected to a local SSH server. Putty is pretty nice too.
Have you tried MinGW? It's a fork of Cygwin and (in my opinion at least) fixes a lot of problems with Cygwin's install process.
Clink (https://code.google.com/p/clink/) is also something I have found useful.
* single binary installer
* X server
* Automatic SFTP sidebar when connecting via SSH
* painless SSH-tunneling (I can never remember the order of arguments on the command line)
* dancing Tuxes
There's probably more things I haven't even discovered yet (which may be too much for some people, who just want a simple terminal emulator). It's not all roses, it has locked up a couple times on me, but thanks to tmux it doesn't bother me much.
I'm not a bash scripting poweruser though.
I like the FuTTY fork of it at the moment.