Install Terminator with built-in “Quake mode” from BZR
To make it easier to install the latest Terminator from BZR, I've uploaded it to the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA (since this is not a stable version) so you can install it using the commands below (available for Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/unstable ; sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install terminator
Setting up Terminator “Quake” mode
1. Move Terminator to the position where you want it to start (e.g.: centered on top of the screen), create as many horizontal / vertical terminals as you want, resize it, etc., then in the Terminator preferences, on the “Layouts” tab, click the “Add” button and enter a name for the layout you've just created. I've used “quake” for the layout name.
2. In the Terminator preferences, on the “Global” tab:
3. On the “Keybindings” tab, look for the “Toggle window visibility” action and assign it whatever keyboard shortcut you want (I've used F12 like in Guake; make sure you close any other apps that use F12 as a keybinding!).
4. One last step: to launch Terminator with the layout you've created under step 1, you must use the following command:
terminator -b --layout=LAYOUT_NAME