Linux console with >8 colors


Upgrading Linux terminal to 256 Colors

from http://pastelinux.com/2010/12/01/upgrading-linux-terminal-to-256-colors/

VIM!The Amazing thing about being in the world of 2010 is we have so many more advance technologies. When it comes to linux terminal, there are so many wonders that can be done. But how come the default terminal colors are 8?

Go ahead type:

tput colors
see that number 8? ridiculous right?

As of now there is a posibility of 256 colors  usable for the terminal.
Luckily this is easy to make happen!
First install:

sudo apt-get install ncurses-term

and stick the following in your ~/.bashrc and/or ~/.bash_profile:

export TERM=xterm-256color

After you edit your .bashrc or .bash_profile source that same file:

source ~/.bashrc

Now retype that command above

tput colors

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