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Old 01-22-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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Docking a terminal on Linux desktop

Hello linux users,

I'm quite new to linux so if this inquiry sounds like something that has been explained countless times, please refer me to related threads and/or articles. Thanks

I'm looking for a way to dock (sort of permanently place) a terminal window (running terminator) on my desktop in such a way that that it always starts on the startup, it's always below other windows, does not show any close/minimize buttons and does not appear in the taskbar. It acts as if it were a permanent part of the desktop background but still responds to keystrokes and mouse clicks.
Somewhat similar to conky.

I want to run a terminal based rss feed in that window.
I'm running Ubuntu11.04

Thanks a lot!
All input, help and ideas are appreciated.
Old 01-22-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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With unity (Ubuntu 11.04 default DE), it is not possible(as far as I know, it may be possible to hack it to do it using some compiz magic), but with something else like AwesomeWM, Fluxbox/OpenBox or KDE, it is much easier. For Fluxbox, you need to add the terminal to autostart (with your command for RSS), then set the geometry and turn the window borderless. With Awesome, set the geometry, then put the window on the "desktop" level and stop managing it. For KDE, it is a simple plasmoid.

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Thanks Elv13.

I'm running gnome on Ubuntu 11.04

I just found out a tool called devilspie and looking through some tutorials.


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