09 November 2012

Tilda: A Quake Style Drop Down Terminal Emulator for Ubuntu

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Tilda is a GTK+ terminal emulator. Tilda is an open source Quake Style drop down terminal emulator for Ubuntu Linux. It stays hidden from the desktop and slides down from the top of the desktop when a shortcut key or keys (by default F1) are pressed.

Running Tilda can be faster than launching a new terminal with a keyboard shortcut because the program is already loaded into memory; it can be useful to people who frequently find themselves opening and closing terminals for odd tasks.

It is free software licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Lots of Ubuntu users , especially those who use terminal a lot, can have a very hectic time in regularly switching between the default Ubuntu terminal and other applications such as web browsers. In such case a drop down terminal emulator like Tilda can come very handy. Using Tilda, you can perform all the command line actions that can be performed in the default Ubuntu terminal.

Since you can easily hide and unhide Tilda by pressing a shortcut key,all command line actions can be easily performed without requiring to switch between the default terminal and other apps.

Tilda can be easily installed in Ubuntu by typing simple command in terminal (Ctrl + Alt + t)

$ sudo apt-get install tilda

Once installed, you can launch it easily by pressing F1 and press the same key to roll it back. The default Tilda terminal emulator has black background with white text color.

You can right click on the interface of Tilda and click on Preferences option to configure its settings. When you launch Tilda for the first time also after its complete installation, the same dialog pops up to configure its settings.

Under the General tab , you can configure Tilda to display on all workspaces , show notebook border , start it hidden, enable doubel buffering and so on. You can also configure it to have audible terminal bell and cursor blinks.

Under Appearance tab, you can configure the way it looks.

Under Colors tab , you can set the foreground and background colors. Under Scrolling tab , you can enable scrolling on the left or right and even completely disable it. You can also set other attributes related to the scrolling.

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