7 years ago
By the end of this tutorial, you will have a terminal window embedded into your desktop. Which is precisely as cool as you think it is!
You can click on any of the images in this tutorial to get a better look.
You have a reasonably well specified computer running Compiz and an inner geek just begging to get out.
Click close until you are back at the terminal and then you can close down the terminal.
Now fire up the compiz settings manager
Make sure that the Window rules plugin is enabled and under it's settings add "title=desktop-term" to Skip taskbar, Skip pager, Below, Sticky, Non movable windows, Non resizable windows, Non minimizable windows, Non maximizable windows and Non closable windows
Now you can run a terminal using your profile. At this point you will need to experiment with the geometry values in the command to position and size the terminal as you want it. Press Alt + F2 to open the run box and enter
Once you are happy with the size and position of your terminal, you may want to make it permanent. To do this, we need to resort to a small bit of scripting. In your favourite editor create a file called desktop-term.sh and add the following to it:
Change the sleep time to whatever works best for your system and you can copy and paste the gnome terminal command form your run box with the values that work for you.
Note that the script is only two lines and make sure the script is executable by using your newly embedded terminal to run the command
Finally under the control centre go to startup applications and add a new item. Give it a meaningful title and the command /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/path/to/desktop-term.sh and click close.
How cool is that?
This is superb.
Anything that makes the terminal more pervasive and ubiquitous makes the world a prettier place.
Also, every time a terminal opens, a penguin gets it's wings.
Thats cool. Now lets put it on a tty. Say Ctrl+Alt F7
How nice this tutorial is!
Not only its content is unique, but also its formation is excellent.
I think this is a model of tutorial for us.
Nope. It's not as cool. It doesn't have that *wow* factor and frankly it's boring.
"one "Show desktop" click!" - ok but a panel launcher for terminal surely does the same thing?
Nice tutorial even though I fail to see what advantages this would have over a terminal window or why anyone would want it in the desktop. Surely if it's in a fixed position one is always going to be covering it with other windows?