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Launch Terminal Window & Run A Command From Gnome Menu Item

Tonight I was working on creating some some listeners that run automatically on boot in Ubuntu. Not only should they run automatically but there should be scripts to start, stop, and watch the status of the listeners for incoming traffic. I also decided to add the items to the Ubuntu Applications menu and thought it would be neat if when the menu item was selected that it automatically launched a terminal window and ran the command automatically. Turns out that doing exactly that is really easy as explained below.

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How to Create Transparency and Clickable Links in URXVT Terminal

When ever I use Linux as a desktop I lie to be able to use the terminal I like which is URXVT. It is a port of the old rxvt with unicode support for all languages. One thing that I love about it is the ability to make links which when clicked will open up a defined browser. Most of the newer terminals like Gnome Terminal and Konsole in KDE have this ability but I do not care for either of those to much. Below I will show the few short steps to making a very nice looking URXVT terminal.