February 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm #160937AlfiharParticipant
Here’s a quick guide to using Conky to show some system information, though it can be easily customised to show a huge variety of information from emails to the weather.
Here’s a screenshot of mine, you can see Conky on the right which I’ve set it up to look quite minimal. Click to enlarge the image.
First you need to install Conky. On Ubuntu you can run the following command in a terminal:-Code:sudo apt-get install conky
For Fedora, run the following commands:-Code:su –
And enter your root password.Code:yum install conkyCode:exit
You can now run Conky, using the following command:-Code:conky
But it doesn’t look too good and it’s in a window, time to fix that.
I’ve made a .conkyrc which might be a good starting point, it’s quite minimalist as that’s how I like it. Right click on the link below and download the file to the root of your home directory, when asked what to name it add a full stop “.” to the front of the name so that it downloads as “.conkyrc”, alternatively rename the file once you have downloaded it.
If you want to take a look at it, and maybe make some changes open up the terminal and enter the following command, it’s just a plain text file:-Code:gedit ~/.conkyrc
Now that Conky is looking a bit better lets make it run after a short delay when you login.
Open up the terminal again, and run the following command:-Code:gedit ~/.conkystart.sh
Then enter the following into gedit, save and close:-
sleep 10 && conky;
In the terminal again run the following to make the script executable:-Code:chmod a+x ~/.conkystart.sh
Next go to Sessions, for Fedora it is located in:-
System > Preferences > Personal > Sessions
For Ubuntu it should be:-
System > Preferences > Session
Click the Add button, give it a name (maybe Conky).
Now browse for the .conkystart.sh file, it will be located in the root of your home folder, you will need to right click and choose “Show Hidden Files” to be able to see it. Once done click the Add button.
Conky should now run when you login after a 10 second delay.
There are lots of resources available on the internet to help you customise Conky.
One of the first places to go is the documentation section of the Conky site:-
If you no longer want to use Conky, open up the Sessions application, find the Conky entry you made at the end of step 4 and uncheck the checkbox next to it.February 2, 2009 at 4:46 am #182071stvMember
Great stuff…Thanks for taking the time to share all of this.February 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm #182070SzabsMember
The problem is, it’s just one more application to eat your battery…February 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm #182069AlfiharParticipant
True, though it doesn’t use much.
I’m seeing very little difference. As far as (PowerTOP) wakeups-from-idle per second. Without I’m seeing around ~15, with it’s going up to ~55, this is at idle (move the mouse and I get over 1000). The difference in wattage is also negligible (both PowerTOP and a kill-o-watt meter) and I notice no real difference in battery life.
With that said, I don’t tend to use Conky much on my NC10.February 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm #182072
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