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Old 06-14-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
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Making My Desktop Cool

I run suse 9.1 and mandrake 10.0 I use them for work and home the kids use them for games , They have seen some of the desktops on various websites and they want to make translucent windows terminal ect create really cool desktops how do I do this?
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The first thing to do is choose a window manager that supports the features that you want and then you should be able to see how to do it in the documentation.
Old 06-14-2004, 02:34 PM   #3
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Transparent terminals: the kde terminal or gnome-terminal have an option for this. For the rest, see for gnome desktops or see for kde desktops.]
Old 06-14-2004, 02:39 PM   #4
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konsole and gnome terminal and Eterm have menus and options for changing some of these things.
Eterm does the the best transparency as it has the smaller window frame.
KDE is the most configurable (so I've found thus far). Look for the Control Centre in Suse 9.1 or Configure Your Desktop in Mandrake. Or right click on the taskbar and go to Configure Panel, there's a right click Configure option on the desktop too.
Enlightenment is a pretty far out window manager but takes a little getting used to.
Gnome is... well it's gnome and isn't as customisable as kde is.
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translucent terminal = aterm, eterm, and I think a KDE term does this too
Cool Desktop = XFCE

what other 'cool' features were you looking for beside translucent terminals? If you want full transparency (ie all windows are semi-see through) I think you will have to go with an experimental X server (can't remember what its called right now). Also if you want drop shadows to come from your menus there is a patch for Gnome / GTK I think that will do this.
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using the gnome irc client also has a transparency option along with the panels in gnome


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