"New Terminal" Hotkey in Redhat?
I know with a modern gnome desktop if you go into preferences they have a hotkey or hotbutton or something like that tool were you can assign keys and key combos to do different actions. Should be in the application/start button ---> preferences. Something like that. Pretty easy to use.
For instance on my laptop I am using Gnome 2.6 and have the "windows" key set to go to the next virtual desktop to my left, and the menu key setup to go the virtual desktop on my right. Then I have it set up so that I can hit ctrl-alt on the right side to go "fullscreen" on my applications. So that way I have a couple fullscreen'd terminals and browser windows, then move back and forth between them with the window/menu keys. (for multiple "fullscreen"'d windows (not realy fullscreen, just maximized past the task bars, and minus the window border).
There should be a hotkey selection avaible for making opening a terminal.
Of course the tool is easy, but limited in scope. Mostly for managing Gnome windows/desktop and assigning hotkeys for multimedia keyboards. If you want complex setup to use with non-native gnome apps like XMMS you're going to have to look somewere else. Also if you don't like the default browser (epiphany I think) or the default terminal (gnome-terminal), you can change it by finding the "prefered applications" tool and changing the commands to whatever you want.
Don't know for older versions of Gnome, or KDE. I didn't start using Gnome till 2.6, which is the latest. So that is what I am going off of. There are plenty of hotkey tools you can use for non-gnome stuff and more complex scripts.
If you want to have a terminal open when you log in you open up a terminal, close everything. Check the gnome-session-manager (thinks that it, I don't have my laptop aviable right now) and check to make sure that their are not any "naughty" programs that didn't close all the way. Once you check everything, close out the session manager, and go to log out. This time check the box "save session" and then log out. Log back in and it will open the terminal and any other program you had open. Don't forget to uncheck the save session next time you log out.