That does it. I give up.
I'm writing this within Windows Vista.
When you spend two hours trying to get any kind of stupid serial terminal emulator working, and wind up not getting any of them working, something is not right.
Background: I'd installed Mint-14 to compile an AVR gcc toolchain. That went fine. Installing ARM gcc with m4 hard float support was frustrating due to numerous package dependencies and stlink issues. Eagle install, cake. LTSpice under Wine, no prob. Printing? Took awhile to find the right driver. The hours just seemed to fly away.
Working with the new Serial/I2C/SPI LCD for Data Bus brought about the last straw. I wanted to take a few minutes to test the LCD. Fire up a serial terminal, connect Bus Pirate, check some things, then move on to porting the library to mbed. About that serial terminal...
Many forums recommend minicom as the go to serial terminal program. Really? I remember using that awkward relic in the early 90's. CTRL-A Z is not a convenient key sequence. And heck, it didn't even work with my Bus Pirate anyway. Then I tried and ran into all sorts of issues with running a terminal emulator under Wine and even VirtualBox.
This should have been a five minute deal. Find, install, run, get on with testing my Digole serial LCD adapter. And it was a five minute deal, right after I booted into Vista.
I said it before and I'll say it again. Linux is really fast. In the time it takes to get something working in Windows you can try hundreds of times to get the same thing working in Linux. And still fail.
Now, where'd I put my Win 7 x64 Ultimate disc...?