gnome-terminal: There Was An Error Creating The Child Process For This Terminal

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I am using CentOS 5 on my laptop. If I open gnome-terminal by right clicking the desktop, I am getting an error that read as follows:

There was an error creating the child process for this terminal

How do I fix this problem and open a terminal by right clicking the Debian / Ubuntu / CentOS / Fedora / RHEL / Red hat Enterprise Linux 5.x desktop system?

Apple OS X Lock Desktop / Screen

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I need to prevent others using my desktop or laptop while I’m away from it. How do I lock my Laptop (Macbook or Macbook pro) / desktop using Mac OS X operating systems without using 3rd party applications?