This tip is deprecated for the following reasons:
Vim is currently version 7.4 - the patches in this tip are for 7.0.0
created 2006 · complexity intermediate · author Ryan Springer · version 6.0
If you have ever wanted to drop to a full shell in a window and do things like run ssh, full-color bash, you should check out Thomas Wana's Vim-Shell patch: http://www.wana.at/vimshell/
It currently only works on text-mode Vim 7.0.