I am new to Ubuntu and would very much like to see a weather gadget (aka widgets).
Can anyone recommed a simple add-that could give me a little weather, Clock, Twitter Crawl, etc?
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Screenlets are the Linux alternative for "Windows Gadgets". Screenlets are small owner-drawn applications (written in Python) that can be described as "the virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desk". Sticky notes, clocks, rulers, ... the possibilities are endless.
Hare's a preview of a weather screenlet:
To install Screenlets, open terminal by hitting Ctrl+T and run following commands:
sudo apt-get install screenlets
To install a complete pack of Screenlets:
sudo apt-get install screenlets-pack-all
Cairo-Dock is an attractive, Lightweight eye-candy dock to launch your applications. I'm mentioning it hare because of it's ability to add add-ons. It comes bundled with many applets including this weather applet. You can use applets inside dock or detach and use them as gadgets.
To install Cairo-Dock, open terminal by hitting Ctrl+T and run following command:
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock
You can find some third party add-ons hare.
Conky is an advanced, Highly configurable system monitor for Linux. It's little hard to configure, Specially for new users. Hare's an example of conky
Follow these steps to setup
To install Conky, open terminal by hitting Ctrl+T and run one of following commands:
To install a standard conky:
sudo apt-get install conky-std
To install a full conky with most compile options enabled:
sudo apt-get install conky-all
Download Conky HTC Home and extract it.
Press Ctrl+H to show hidden files. Copy ".conky" from downloaded folder to your home directory.
Open the "fonts" folder and copy all the fonts to Home/.fonts/
Go to AccuWeather and find your location and copy web address.
open Home/.conky/htc_home/accuweather/accuw_script with text editor and replace the location address with the web address you just copied from AccuWeather.
To put conky into startup applications, Hit super key (Windows key) and search for "starup applications" and open it.
Click on add, and fill respective fields as follow:
Name: HTC - Conky Command: bash -c "sleep 15; conky -c $HOME/.Conky/htc_home/conkyrc" Comment: Conky
and save it.
To start Conky for the first time, Hit Alt+F2 and run the following command:
conky -c ~/.Conky/htc_home/conkyrc
Plexydesk is frigging awesome. This app creats an environment for widgets for Ubuntu, like Plasma of KDE.
Don't ever bother of Screenlets or gDesklets, they are out-of-dated.
I installed conky-Lua.
Step by step instructions are in http://xchamitha.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/adding-gadgets-to-ubuntu-1210-desktop.html
Ubuntu with Unity has no widgets, instead they have indicators. Application indicators provide a simple and effective API to provide an application icon in the notification area in the top-right part of the screen, and provide simple, accessible, and complete access to key parts of your application.
Category: Weather Forecasting
this is an indicator that will show weather information in your area, as well as other valuable information such as time of sunrise, sunset and moon phase
Find out whether you need to wear a jacket, a t-shirt or a waterproof suit... If you click on the indicator, you will get more information about, humidity, dew point, feels like, wind velocity and wind direction, weather condition.
My-Weather-Indicator informs you about sunrise ans sunset time, and the lunar phase
You can get the forecast for your area for next three days:
You can get information of the weather of two cities at the same time:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator
Category: System Information
Application Indicator showing hardware sensors.
First add the repository:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:alexmurray/indicator-sensors
sudo apt-get update
And then install the package:
sudo apt-get install indicator-sensors
Hardware Sensors Indicator from Unity or run
indicator-sensors from a terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install skype
A list of available indicators What Application Indicators are available?