If you are looking for a cool terminal emulator with a bit of style try Tilda. Tilda uses a drop-down style interface that resembles the Quake chat window. Tilda is also highly customizable allowing you to select different functions or even colors for the main window.
When running Tilda will hide itself from view, allowing you to set and use a simple shortcut which will cause the main window to magically appear when needed. Personally this is one of my favorite terminal emulators.
This terminal emulator is easy to install and very easy to use. Here are some installation tips that may help.
Ubuntu Tilda Installation
You can install Tilda terminal emulator on your Ubuntu system by using the following commands today.
$ sudo apt-get install tilda
The Tilda terminal emulator offers an extremely simple interface that aims to be very unobtrusive. By default you will have the clean terminal interface that drops down from the top of the desktop.
The scroll bar can be toggled on or off, but you will still have this ability using your mouse. You also have full control over the colors used in the Tilda window. Tilda can be moved or resized easily from the preferences window as well, and transparency options are available as well.
The Tilda Menu
The Tilda window functions without window borders or buttons There is a single menu that remains hidden, this can be displayed by right-clicking on the Tilda window background.
By default the Tilda terminal emulator has no visible menu, but you can get access to one simply by right-clicking on the desktop background. The Tilda Menu contains the following items and actions.
Use this to launch a new virtual shell in an alternate tab. A new tab bar will then appear at the top of the window, you can then switch between tabs using each one as an entirely different work environment.
You can use this option to close the currently opened virtual shell tab.
Use this option to copy text to the clipboard.
This will allow you to paste text from the clipboard.
This option will open the Tilda terminal emulator preferences dialog.
You can use this option to close and quit Tilda terminal emulator.
The following options can be found in the Tilda Preferences window.
From the general tab of the Tilda preferences window you can make Tilda display only on the current workspace, or on all workspaces. You can toggle the taskbar icon, or the Tilda window border. Tilda can be displayed always on top, or underneath of other windows. If you want you can start Tilda hidden. Double buffering is also available. You can toggle the terminal bell for errors and notifications, or toggle cursor blinking. Font options are also available, you can enable antialiasing or bold text. Or you can change the position of your open tabs. The font used in the main Tilda window can also be changed, as well as the font size.
Title And Command
Here you can set an initial title for when you start Tilda, or you can choose a dynamic title before, after, or in place of the existing title. You can run a custom command that you specify, or change the default web browser used when you click a URL.
The appearance tab will let you adjust the window height, width, or position. You can also enable transparency for the main Tilda window, or enable a cool animated drop-down effect. If you want you can even select an image to use as a background for the Tilda window.
From here you can choose a new color scheme for the main Tilda window, or you can create your own color scheme.
This menu will allow you to enable or disable the visibility of the scroll bar in the main window. You can also scroll with a keystroke, or using the background.
Here you can change the functions of the backspace or delete keys. You can also reset compatibility options to default at any time.
From this tab you can change the key binding used to display the main window.