I would like to make the background of Gnome Terminal transparent. I know this feature has been removed from Gnome but I find it very helpful. I am wondering what's the best way to achieve this. I'm working under Debian Testing with Gnome 3 (Gnome shell 3.14.2) on a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (3rd gen.)
I thought the Gnome extension "Transparent Windows" would be good, but Google Chrome gives me "We cannot detect a running copy of GNOME on this system...". This is a known bug. With Iceweasel (Firefox), I could not find the extension under extensions.gnome.org, but when searching for it via Google, it showed up. I then installed it but nothing happened thereafter, the extension does not show up in Tweak Tool -> Extensions for example... (not even after reboot...). So I guess this is not working.
I then found devilspie (see https://rgrunber.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/get-to-know-a-command-devilspie/; there is also http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=293843) and did the following:
sudo apt-get install devilspie cd ~/.config mkdir .devilspie cd .devilspie emacs terminal-opacity.ds # put in terminal-opacity.ds: (if (matches (window_name) "Terminal") (opacity 84) )
One then has to execute
/home/myuser/.config/.devilspie/terminal.opacity.ds on login, not sure if I do this step correctly (any suggestions). For now I execute it by hand. When I then open a new terminal, nothing changed....
As it seems (see here or enter link description here), one needs (additional) tools like
transset-df which are very old and not easily available anymore... I still hope someone has figured out a way to have a transparent terminal window...