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Old 08-13-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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Terminal Transparency to show underlying windows

During the previous installation, I had a rather nice time with the terminal. Is was transparent but it showed me the windows underneath which was nice for obvious reasons (being able to type what I say on an underlying webpage). I have looked around but I am having a hard time finding what I need. Could someone point me in the right direction please?

The funny thing is that on the last install I didn't do anything and I hd this option. Now, I don't and I used the exact same disc. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Old 08-13-2008, 08:24 AM   #2
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Your sig. says Kanotix but I'm not sure looking at your other post where you mention Mint...
If it is Gnome-terminal: Edit --> Profiles --> Edit --> Effects
If it does not work you may need to fix your xserver (enable compositing).
Old 08-13-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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I think Eterm and Konsole support transparency. But I don't remember if they just draw the background, or if they show underlying windows as well. So even better, if you have compiz installed, you can get true transparency on *any* window with Alt+Scrollwheel.
Old 08-14-2008, 04:22 PM   #4
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Jomen, thank you. I had forgotten that I had done that the first time I tried this distro. I had used an ibook a few years ago and absolutely loved the terminal window in it. I think it's fantastic that I can have that again and even better that it's a linux distro.

So far, of all the distros I have tried, this one works the best for me. ..Only a few more tweaks left.


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