Published on April 23, 2011
If you find yourself frequenting the terminal, then Yakuake is the perfect solutionfor you. Yakuakestands for Yet Another Q(K)uake Style Terminal Emulator, it is small app, which at the press of a hotkey drops down a terminal window over your screen, exactly like Quake. You can customise the hotkey, transparency and a host of other options. The default is [F12]. To install type $ sudo apt-get install yakuake.
Stop a hung application:
If an application gets hung, and even the force quit option is not working, open a terminal and type $ sudo killall <appname>.
If you don’t know the application name, you can type in the first few letters, and press [Tab] a couple of times to autocomplete. If the above still doesn’t work try $ ps – e | grep <appname>.
This will display the app with its corresponding process id. Then type $ kill -9 <Process Id> and it will shutdown the application. You can also enter any subset of the application name, and it will find it for you.