Currently, I am running Ubuntu Server 16.04 on a 64 bit MacBook Pro. I chose Ubuntu Server because it has no GUI (this was before I learned a number of distros can be run w/o the GUI). Vim, GNU Screen, and Dropbox make up 99% of the computer's usage. However, I am experiencing a number of frustrations with Vim and colors.
After checking to make sure my machine has the
/lib/share/.../x/xterm-256color file, I have tried adding
export TERM=xterm-256color to the end of my
~/.bashrc. As well as installing
ncurses-term and creating a xsession and xtermdefault.
Everything else I am finding that would allow me to set xterm-256color as the default involves a GUI or GNOME; neither of which is on my machine.
At this point, I do not believe I have the know-how to make this default on Ubuntu Server; hence my question: Are there any Linux distros, that when run without the GUI, have the default $TERM of xterm-256color?
EDIT: I basically would like my console/tty to open already set at TERM=xterm256. I understand that this is possible if I am running a GUI, which I am figuring is because I would not be running tty, I would be using terminal or terminator. So, I guess what I really want to know is it possible, with a GUI, to run terminal instead of tty OR if it is possible to make my tty default to TERM=xterm256 instead of TERM=linux.
UPDATE: I now have the vocabulary for what I was looking for: I wanted to know if there was a distro that came with a framebuffer terminal as default. In the time since posting this, I have learned that, no, there is not, but there are tools such as yaft and fbterm that does excatly what I was hoping for.