Tilda

Tilda and Yakuake are drop down style command prompt / terminal applications that work similar to the command line using the tilde (~) key in some 3D shooter games such as Quake III.

They are pretty cool and work well even when Compiz Fusion is running.

What makes them really nice is that you can have a terminal on screen simply by pressing F1 or a hotkey of your choice.

Here are some screenshots:  [01] / [02]

I am actually running Tilda (F1) and Yakuake (F12) at the same time without any problems.

I like Tilda better in one respect, I can move the window to any location...   but Yakuake looks a lot nicer than Tilda.

Download

For openSUSE 10.3 users. simple...

su -c 'zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/lowks/openSUSE_10.3/ "Tilda"'
su -c 'zypper in tilda'

Boom, done.

For everyone else...

Download all of these files and place them all in the same directory.

vte-0.16.8.tar.gz (local) / vte-0.16.8.tar.gz (remote)

confuse-1.2.2.tar.gz (local) / confuse-1.2.2.tar.gz (remote)

confuse-2.5.tar.gz (local) / confuse-2.5.tar.gz (remote)

tilda-0.9.4.tar.gz (local) / tilda-0.9.4.tar.gz (remote)

Extract & Build

If you do everything as shown below and you should have no problems at all.

Open a terminal and run these commands:

tar xvf vte-0.16.8.tar.gz
tar xvf confuse-1.2.2.tar.gz
tar xvf confuse-2.5.tar.gz
tar xvf tilda-0.9.4.tar.gz
cd vte-0.16.8
./configure && make && sudo make install
#you will have to type your root password once, here
cd ../confuse-1.2.2
./configure && make && sudo make install
cd ../confuse-2.5
./configure && make && sudo make install
cd ../tilda-0.9.4
./configure && make && sudo make install

Run It!

Just type tilda in a terminal or add it to your startup.

References

Tilda Main Page

Tilda Install Guide

Life Hacker Review

A similar tool for Windows

libConfuse Page

VTE FTP Site