Ubuntu (Hardy) tutorial: embed terminal into your desktop
Because this tutorial doesn’t work in Hardy due to the new version of Compiz, here’s what you must do to embed a terminal into your desktop if you use Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron:
Open a terminal and create a new profile, let’s call it trans777 and uncheck “Show menubar by default in new terminals”, “Title”: trans777, “Dynamically-set title”: Isn’t displayed, choose White on Black or Black on White color schemes (depending on which suits your desktop background better). On “Effects” tab, set Transparency to minimum (none), “Scrolling”: Disabled.
Go to System > Preferences > Advanced Desktop Effects Settings and there go to Window Rules plugin, enable the plugin and type: title=trans777 in Skip Taskbar, Skip Pager, Below, Sticky, Non Movable Windows, Non Resizable Windows, Non Minimizable Windows, Non Maximizable Windows, Non Closable Windows. Then go to Window Decorations plugin (and enable it if it’s not), and type: (any) & !(title=trans777) in Decoration windows field. Then go to General Options and uncheck “Hide Skip Taskbar Windows”.
Now create a file, let’s call it term_startup.sh and type this in it (or change the width and height to fit your needs):
gnome-terminal --window-with-profile=trans777 --geometry 67x35+220+50 &
And make it executable:
chmod +x path/to/term_startup.sh
Go to System > Preferences > Sessions, click add and select the file you just created (term_startup.sh) and give it a name. This will make the terminal run on each session.
To open the embedded terminal, hit Alt+F2 and type: gnome-terminal –window-with-profile=trans777 –geometry 67×35+220+50
Here’s how it should look: