Do you use the terminal a lot in Linux? With only Compiz Fusion and Gnome-Terminal you can have a transparent terminal that looks like it is part of your desktop. (See the screenshot at the end of this post.) I found the idea for this over at Ubuntu Unleashed, my instructions here are slightly different.
You need to create a new gnome-terminal profile for the transparent terminal.
Create a new profile in
trans. Edit the new profile
and set these options:
- General>Cursor Blinks:
- General>Show menubar…:
- Title and Command>Initial Title:
- Title and Command>Dynamically-set title:
Is not displayed
- Colours>Build-in schemes:
Black on White
- Effects>Transparent Background:
- Effects>transparency slider>
- Scrolling>Scrollbar is:
Open the CompizConfig Settings Manager and make these changes:
Make sure the
Regex Matching and
Window Rules plugins are enabled.
Window Decoration plugin and change the
Decoration windows field to
Window Rules plugin:
- change these fields to
title=trans: Skip taskbar, Skip pager, Below, Sticky, Non resizable windows, Non minimizable windows, Non maximizable windows, Non closable windows, Widget.
- Add a new item to the
Fixed Size Windowslist:
Sized Windows= trans, and the width and height that you want for the terminal.
Place Windows plugin and add to
Windows with fixed positions list.
Positioned windows =
trans and set the X and Y coordinates you want the
The transparent terminal should start with this command:
I tried to set up the terminal to start when I log in, but ran into a problem. The terminal would load before Compiz Fusion, which causes it to not be positioned properly. I created a script to launch the transparent terminal:
#!/bin/sh sleep 10s gnome-terminal --window-with-profile=trans
It delays for 10 seconds, and by that time Compiz Fusion is loaded. Just run the script on login with System>Preferences>Sessions and it should work.