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Lubuntu (LXDE) 18.04 and transparency...

Posted 08-14-2020 at 06:47 PM by KGIII

I've been toying with other distros, much as I often do, and realized that I really liked the Xfce terminal. It's pretty sexy!

What I really liked was that it was transparent. It didn't actually have any major features that differentiated it with other terminal emulators - I just liked the transparency.

I hadn't ever bothered to try to use transparency in Lubuntu and, much to my surprise, my WM doesn't allow compositing. (This was conveyed to me by Xfce's terminal that I'd installed.) LXTerminal has no such features. So, this needed a new terminal emulator.

Frankly, I'm rather terminal emulator agnostic. If it works, it works.

So, I started looking around for something light, something faithful to Lubuntu's mantra. It had to be something light, because that's what the OS is really about.

Well, some digging found a little something called xcompmgr. That was already in the repos, so it was easy enough to install.

sudo apt install xcompmgr
Once installed, I needed to make it autostart. That was actually pretty easy.

leafpad .config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart
And add:

@xcompmgr -c
This could also be started for everyone by adding that to:

sudo leafpad /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart
Anyhow, when it was edited, it looked like this:

@xcompmgr -c
I'm not sure, but I might have been able to use the -n switch. I may try that next. -c is chosen because:

       -c     Client-side  compositing with soft shadows and translucency sup‐

And here's an image of the results!

I have translucency in my terminal! (That's actually the "Terminator" terminal emulator, for the curious.)
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