I just noticed that this question was closed for being off-topic:
I can't imagine using Vim without a different colourscheme, and a slightly solarized one is my favourite, and it took me a while to get it working without using gvim. I ended up with a bash script to set the colours in bash which are then picked up on from within vim with the solarized colourscheme. This is not obvious, certainly not to beginners to bash, vim and custom vim colourschemes.
I've just asked a question which involves the interplay of Gnome and Vim ( Remapping F1 on vim-gnome ) - is that similarly off-topic?