Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The title pretty much says it all: in your experience, which widget engine is most compatible (stable) when used in conjunction with the Compiz Widget Layer?

http://wiki.compiz.org/Plugins/Widget lists Screenlets, GDesklets, XDesklets, SuperKaramba & Moonlight Widgets as common engines but provides no data on which work best with Compiz.

Last time I used a widget layer I noticed that widgets didn't always stay on the layer (sorry can't remember which engine I was using, it was quite some time ago) - hence my question.

Right now I'm running Lucid.

I realise this may be somewhat subjective but I think your actual experiences matter.

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

Yes they are compatible... i have used screenlets before. This might help you http://www.ubuntugeek.com/screenlets-work-with-compiz-widget-layer-in-ubuntu-gutsy.html

share|improve this answer
    
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eliah Kagan Jan 8 '13 at 18:44

Everything has more to do with how efficient the resource usage is then compatibility with Compiz.

share|improve this answer

The best in my opinion, are plasma widgets. But that needs KDE.

share|improve this answer
    
seen some comments about that elsewhere in this site. Seems you can get them to work under gnome so long as you're ok with installing a lot of kde on the way past. –  LRE Oct 14 '10 at 1:27
    
Yes they work on Gnome too. Before moving completely to KDE, I used a mix of both. See this ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291048 (I haven't updated that tutorial for a while tho). Anyway, you can install kde-minimal and kdeplasma-addons, which have just essential packages. I would recommend trying on a VM, to make sure you like the result. –  lovinglinux Oct 14 '10 at 1:55

Opera (web browser) provides the option of desktop widgets. Under compiz to separate them to the widget layer:

  1. Open the CompizConfig Settings Manager
  2. Click on Widget Layer
  3. Click on Behaviour Tab
  4. Enter role=opera-widget in the blank for Widget Windows

The downloaded widgets are store under ~username/bin. There is also an option to create a .deb file for downloaded widgets.

Cool, eh?

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.