I use vim a lot and it occurs to me that most of the time I don't even really need a GUI, since I'll only use my computer to take notes in VIM. The problem is, though, is that colors don't show up correctly on tty (i.e. when I press Ctrl+Alt+F1, F2, etc). I found a plugin for VIM that makes colors work better with terminals that usually work with GVIM, and that's made them work in, say, gnome-terminal, but not in TTY.
This post seems to suggest that I'd have to recompile the whole kernel to get this to work. Is there an easier way? Can it be done?