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Would there be a way to emulate the Desktop as a Terminal i.e. XTerm, so you can type in bash on the desktop?

I want some form of window manager that does that exactly.

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If you mean to type bash commands on the desktop you can use the guake terminal.

Screenshot of guake

Install via the software center

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I don't know any window manager with this feature, but you can try YaKuake (for KDE) or Tilda (for Gnome), drop-down console which is always accesible on your desktop..

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People never mention Stjerm which is sad. It's like YaKuake, Tilda or Guake just with verly low footprint. Try it! –  turbo Jun 21 '12 at 21:13
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I use the terminal for Screenlets

You can make a terminal that is transparent without a border that does not move, so it is just like a part of your desktop.

  1. Install Screenlets from software center

    Install via the software center

  2. Download the Terminal Screenlet from
    http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Terminal+Screenlet?content=74844

  3. Open up Screenlets and Click Install and select the downloaded terminal Screenlet package to install.

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4. Click on Terminal and then on Launch/Add to add new terminal

5.Right click in the terminal => go to Properties => Options to get to the options to style the terminal, the terminal on the right in my picture was styled so the background is transparent(Options Transparent Terminal and Amount=0) place it where you want, resize it under Sizing and remove the border under Sizing => Border Width.

6.To make it start on startup check the box in the Screenlets Manager "Auto start on login" enter image description here

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