View Full Version : [ubuntu] Selective totall transparency in open windows?

February 21st, 2009, 03:56 PM
I've been thinking lately that spending a lot of time at my laptop, with 17 inch widescreen, and a lot of that on the web, my eyes are tired of seeing google in white, this site in white, every page, etc. Yes, I know of Blackle, but that's not the point.

I can make any window transparent, only so far, already with compiz/emerald/gnome. But that dims everything to the point I can't see it well.

What IF: I could open a full screen firefox window, and only text, pictures, and buttons themselves were fully visible- and the rest, 100% transparent, not this 90% or so I seem to get. Somehow, set whatever page's background I see as transparent, but leave the rest alone.

The same goes for Nautilus- instead of swaths of white, or another color, set background as fully transparent- and this is KEY- WHILE NOT AFFECTING brightness of any icons or text theirin. Text values in both instances settable in the program, but the rest just isn't displayed, thus looking like I'm browsing the web ON TOP of my desktop (ie: desktop not obscured at all except for what actually needs to be seen!

I found this
http://sudosys.be/?q=fully_transparent_ubuntu and it got me thinking.

And why not obscure the desktop at all? I have a sweet HDR shot of Paris at twilight, bright blue with city lights, and I'm tired of looking at a field of white background covering it in everything. I want no dimming of the text or pics, or menus, but totally of the background.

CAN IT BE DONE? Or am I mad?

February 21st, 2009, 04:20 PM
That's a pretty cool idea, but I don't know of a way to do that on Compiz or otherwise...Maybe you should post it on http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com and see what kind of reception it gets. People can refine your idea and tell you if they like it or not.