I find it very useful to have the cursorline enabled in Vim. However, if you are using split windows, the cursorlines of multiple windows can get distracting. Also, this makes it difficult to know which is the active window.
One solution to these problems is to display the cursorline only in the active window. To do that add this to your vimrc:
augroup CursorLineOnlyInActiveWindow autocmd! autocmd VimEnter,WinEnter,BufWinEnter * setlocal cursorline autocmd WinLeave * setlocal nocursorline augroup END
Tried with: Vim 7.3 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS