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.
If you mean to type bash commands on the desktop you can use the guake terminal.
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.
Install Screenlets from software center
Download the Terminal Screenlet from
Open up Screenlets and Click Install and select the downloaded terminal Screenlet package to install.
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"