i have made the switchover to tmux (in gentoo: app-misc/tmux) from screen.

from the tmux site:
tmux is a terminal multiplexer:
it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a separate program, to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen.
tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached.

Here is a screenshot:

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That screen shot consists of:
conky config from here
wallpaper config from here (wallpaper is from somewhere on the internet)
mrxvt config file (~/.mrxvtrc)
tmux config file (~/.tmux.conf)