What is conky? Mmmmm, I would call it a lightweight, text-based system monitor.
When configured properly it’s stunning (and a bit geeky too).
That’s what it looks like after some thinkering with it.
(click on it)
If you didn’t realize it, it’s the white text in the top right corner.
The way conky looks and what it can display can be (should be) altered, but more on that later.
Let’s get this puppy installed first.
Open up a terminal and past this:
sudo apt-get install conky
Then paste this:
zcat /usr/share/doc/conky/examples/conkyrc.sample.gz > ~/.conkyrc
You can start conky with “alt+f2” and typing “conky”. Or you could add it to the applications menu:
– right-click applications, go to system tools and press “add entry”
– name everything conky
Conky can do alot, you might want to take a look at these:
Alot (alot alot) conky files can be found here.
Just paste the code you found there in .conkyrc (press ctrl+h to see the hidden files) in the home folder, after deleting it’s content.
You will have to restart x (ctrl+alt+backspace) or use the “killall conky” command in the terminal after you change the way it looks.
If you want conky to start at boot up you need to go to “system -> preferences -> session”, press “add” and type “conky” three times.
Update: I wrote a how-to on how to add weatherforecasting, audio info and gmail support in conky here.