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I want to add widgets to my desktop like in unity


so what is the best program to add widgets to my desktop.i know that screenlets works on gnome-shell but not working well.

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Notice I did not test this.

but you can install the KDE plasma widgets in Gnome3, without having all the KDE desktop or loosing the gnome panels, etc..

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So what to do is simple, just install it using this command

sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop plasma-scriptengine-python

and when it is installed, you can run it by pressing alt+f2 and then type plasma-desktop

Note that the KDE panel might appear the first time you run it. To get it off your way just right click and remove it.

There is more information about this here.

Hope it actually works for you.

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This is the first time I see this, had no idea, really nice, very good information! –  Bruno Pereira Dec 8 '11 at 21:15
After this operation, 356 MB of additional disk space will be used.Wow 350 MB to put just a widgets on my desktop !!! –  Naruto Dec 9 '11 at 23:56
@ naruto , this is not a program, this is the KDE widgets and the plasma desktop. it has a lot of dependencies. i'm not saying it's ideal, but this could be your only solution until screenlets works in gnome shell. but does it work for you? –  suli8 Dec 10 '11 at 0:40
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Another solution is to use Glx-dock/Cairo-dock applets as a panel(widget)

cairo-dock as widget cairo_dock2

by detaching applets from the dock and resizing them this will look like screenlets it is not look as good as screenlets but it is a good solution for now

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