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    jamesmccain
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    noob question... can you mount a terminal to the desktop?
    hey guys, Im new to macs, I recently just purchased a black mac and Im loving this thing every minute. Now im pretty familiar with computers in general and in linux/unix os, however not with mac as im obiousvly asking for help/advice. now I know that dashboard is ava. but my questions for you is, are you able to have a terminal intergated to the desktop? so like you can whats going on in the background and/or be able to do thing via unix commands w/o opening it up each time? I know mac's are pretty changeable but dont know there limitations and hope that I could pick up a thing or two from ya'll mac guru's... well thanks

    James

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    Navigate to:

    /Applications/Utilities

    and drag the application "Terminal" to your dock.

    Click it and you have access to all the inner workings of Unix.

    I don't know of a way to have Terminal "running on the desktop".
    I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmccain
    hey guys, Im new to macs, I recently just purchased a black mac and Im loving this thing every minute. Now im pretty familiar with computers in general and in linux/unix os, however not with mac as im obiousvly asking for help/advice. now I know that dashboard is ava. but my questions for you is, are you able to have a terminal intergated to the desktop? so like you can whats going on in the background and/or be able to do thing via unix commands w/o opening it up each time? I know mac's are pretty changeable but dont know there limitations and hope that I could pick up a thing or two from ya'll mac guru's... well thanks

    James
    Do you mean like running in Terminal mode without the GUI? I know when I boot into Mandriva on my PC I have 2 options....console or GUI. Is that what you are after?

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    I think he wants something like an xterm window that runs as his desktop wallpaper so he can see the outputs at all times.

    Spaces in leopard will let us keep a term window open on a different Space (speak desktop) , which would help him.

    These days I'm starting to feel leopard is so necessary. Lots of switcher questions could be answered that way.
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    Yea, I use Spaces similar to the way Yogi described. Just CTRL+> over and have a Terminal window open. I do the same for Activity Monitor.
    I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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    jamesmccain
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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom
    Check out Geektool: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10404
    Might do what you want.
    this is somewhat im looking for but a terminal, not a log. Is that even possible?

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    jamesmccain
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi
    I think he wants something like an xterm window that runs as his desktop wallpaper so he can see the outputs at all times.

    Spaces in leopard will let us keep a term window open on a different Space (speak desktop) , which would help him.

    These days I'm starting to feel leopard is so necessary. Lots of switcher questions could be answered that way.
    I think so, but im not quite sure, is there any examples I could see?

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