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noob question... can you mount a terminal to the desktop?


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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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