i was wandering around the internets, checking out other distros, mainly debian, slackware, and gentoo (which i'm not sure i'm ready to tackle yet), and i found this screenshot of a debian desktop:
it's grossly cluttered, and almost nothing like what i want my own desktop to look like - but i'm wondering about the console in the lower left corner. it doesn't appear to be a window proper, but rather an omnipresent part of the desktop. me likey. i'm wondering if this ability is a feature of kde, or debian itself (or if perhaps i'm just wrong, and it is a somehow modified window, or possibly an independent add-on/improvement). my lack of knowledge of what the heck to call it is making finding information on it pretty difficult - any pointers, or outright answers to my latest (possibly stupid) question?
in any case, i feel comfortable enough that i now feel like moving past *ubuntu, or at least dual-booting with various distros to find one that really fits me. debian seems like a pretty obvious progression (or regression, i suppose, depending on how you look at it) to start with. i'd really like to have that omnipresent console, if for no other reason than nudging myself towards using the console by default for many actions.