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I would like to make a terminal program run and appear on the desktop in the same way that conky does ( or at least a similar).

The effect I want to accomplish: Basically conky but with a command prompt area instead.

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What you want is called a Tiling window manager, and AwesomeWM is a prime example of it. –  Uri Herrera Feb 25 '13 at 4:39
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not quite what you're looking for, but running guake or yakuake might work quite well for similar purposes - they are drop down, 'quake' style terminals –  Journeyman Geek Feb 25 '13 at 5:20
    
Conky writes directly to the X root window. I don't know of a terminal emulator that does this. I would imagine correctly handling events and focus would be difficult, but this might be wrong. –  chronitis Feb 25 '13 at 8:09

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I found what I was looking for!

http://m.lifehacker.com/294005/embed-a-terminal-in-the-desktop-with-compiz-fusion

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  fossfreedom Feb 25 '13 at 23:33

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