When comparing Sublime Linter vs Terminal.app, the Slant community recommends Sublime Linter for most people. In the question“What are the best plugins for Sublime Text?” Sublime Linter is ranked 7th while Terminal.app is ranked 28th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Helps you find errors in the code
Pro Supports pretty much every language
Pro Default terminal on Mac
Since it is already installed by default, you don't need to worry about finding and installing another terminal.
Pro Great compatibility
Works with everything.
Pro Easily open man pages
By right clicking on a highlighted string you can easily search through the man pages for that string and the man page will open in a nice pop up window.
Pro Excellent xterm emulation support
Terminal has nice colors and font options.
Con Tends to cause Sublime Text to run slowly
With Sublime Linter installed, dialog boxes warning that the plugin is running slowly can become a common occurrence, depending on the types of files you regularly work with.
Con Many default linters require installing Node.js
Con No highlighting when searching
Doesn't highlight all search result instances
Con Home and End keys require shift being pressed
Con Occasionally crashes
Working remotely with a full buffer may cause complete terminal app crash.
Con Occasionally freezes
This application occasionally freezes.
Con Updates are released rarely
Terminal usually gets an update when any new MacOS version is released, which is every couple of years.