Ever wonder how you get your panel, tooltips, pop-up and drop down windows transparent? You’ll be enlightened by this thread. I know you can get your panel transparent an easier way, but this doesn’t keep the panel from the theme you are using, and this doesn’t give transparent menu’s, tooltips, …
This tutorial will explain how to create a Transparent Terminal in Gnome Background using alltray. With AllTray you can dock any application with no native tray icon (like Evolution, Thunderbird, Terminals) into the system tray.
Like my article on Conky, this is one of my favorite techniques to use on any Linux distribution. This technique - utilizing devilspie - will create a transparent terminal session on your desktop that will remain for the duration of your login (unless you exit the terminal session for some reason).
Do you use the terminal a lot in Linux? With only Compiz Fusion and Gnome-Terminal you can have a transparent terminal that looks like it is part of your desktop. (See the screenshot at the end of this post.) I found the idea for this over at Ubuntu Unleashed, my instructions here are slightly different.