This is a collection of things I've tweaked during my transition from Gnome (because Gnome 3.0 is useless) to XFCE. This is still work in progress, but comments and feedback is much appreciated.
The default terminal with XFCE has some weird behavior, and even though most of it can be tweaked in the GUI prefs, some can not. In particular, I made the following changes to ~/.config/Terminal/terminalrc:
MiscCursorBlinks=TRUE MiscCursorShape=TERMINAL_CURSOR_SHAPE_BLOCK ColorCursor=#0000aaaa0000
This allows me to better see the letter that the cursor is currently over. Note that I do green text on black background on all my Terminals, it's a habit from the VT100 days at the University in '85...