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Old 03-31-2002, 02:07 AM   #1
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Question Blending of Terminals into Desktop Background, How to?

Hi there, I 've seen in numerous screenshots that it is possible for one to literally integrate & make any terminals Xterm, Eterm & others blend with & into the background of one's desktop background, but the question is howto? i.e. blending of terminal be it Xterm, Eterm. etc into the desktop background i.e. total disapearance of the terminal window itself & commands typed appear as though they are part of the overall desktop background itself. i.e. terminal becomes part of the desktop background, blending in seamlessly & perfectly. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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I believe you are talking about terminal programs with transparency. They don't really become part of the desktop, they just take a picture of it and use that for the background of the terminal itself. When you move the window around, it takes a fraction of a second for it to resync to the destop background.

The only one's I've seen do this are Eterm and Konsole (although I haven't tried much else). I'm pretty sure Xterm wont do this.

I know in konsole, you just go into options/schema and pick one of the transparent ones. You can even make your own if you want.
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In fact now terminal cannot be really transparent. It'd done by copying backgound. But there are some interesting projects, so maybe you'll have really transparent terminals.
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Aterm is another good terminal program. Do a search on sourceforge.
Old 03-31-2002, 09:38 PM   #5
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ah thanz for the input thus far guys, but maybe it is the manner i posed the question or the English used, sorry I'm not a native speaker of the language, my apologies to all for any misunderstanding but the screenshot below may help explain more precisely as to what I meant by windowless terminals i.e. commands appearing as though they were typed on the desktop background itself.

Notice the lines i.e. commands running down on the Right hand upper corner of the screenshot? i.e. from iggy ttyp1 May28 14:46 (:0) all the way to su-2.04$ import -w root ssd1.jpg .

Know that this is a screenshot of a FreeBSD 4.3 under GNOME BUT i know that the same kind of transparent windowless blending is possible under Mandrake & other Linux distros in general. Please take a look & advise me how it can be done. Many many thanks in advance.
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When I d/l Eterm and ran it the first time it was transparent by default. Just some fyi.


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