Some people love it, others hate it, Conky’s the name. If you know what Conky is, skip the next paragraph.
If you’re new to the Linux desktop environment and haven’t heard of Conky before, it’s a highly configurable app window that stays pinned to your desktop and displays system information which it retrieves from your computer. Hence it can display the date, time, CPU and network information, fan speeds, etc. The main pull-factor of Conky is the extent to which you can customise the display. It may not be necessary to have a clock widget on your desktop for instance, but that bling it adds to you desktop is sometimes quite irresistible, and why not spruce up your workspace anyway?
(Most of this guide is based upon the guide for installing Conky in Ubuntu. This is a much simplified version. For extra configurations and options, see the guide: here.)
Bear in mind that the following steps worked for me, but that doesn’t mean it will definitely work for you :-/ I’m running (an almost new installation of) elementary OS Luna (beta 1). Good luck.
Open the terminal and type the following code:
sudo apt-get install conky-all
sudo apt-get install conky curl lm-sensors hddtemp
To run conky, type:
You should see something like this:
To close Conky, type:
Next, search devianart and other websites for your favourite “Conky theme”. Once you’ve downloaded your theme, copy the file called .conkyrc to your home folder. You may need to show hidden files in pantheon. You can do this by pressing ctrl+h.
The downloaded theme may come with additional resources like fonts or wallpapers. Follow the instructions in the readme file or from the website where you downloaded the theme from.
Here are links to some themes:
My Conky setup
This will work very well if you have a resolution of 1600 x 900, but the theme can be modified for different resolutions.
Download the theme file: here
Download the font: here
Download the wallpaper: here.
Save the theme file to your home folder.
Open the font and click “Install Font” at the bottom right corner of the font preview window.
To add Conky to your dock, download the desktop file: here.
Save the file anywhere you like, preferably in /usr/share/applications/
Download the icon: here.
Save the icon in /usr/share/icons.
Open the folder with the desktop file and drag the desktop file to the dock. Click the icon on the dock to start Conky. Right click the icon to close Conky.
To configure a theme or to create your own one, see this page (Click here) for configuration options as a guide to editing/creating the .conkyrc file. ENJOY :-)