While upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04, my google-gadgets framework was removed. I thought at the time this is because it's deprecated because there's some alternative integrated in the new unity framework, but I couldn't find any.

Are there any RSS/clock/etc. widgets in Unity? If not - why did the upgrade uninstalled my google gadgets app? What do I do now?


  • Unity doesn't have any widgets but you can display clock, weather, calendar, system monitor etc. on desktop by using Conky. This page on Google+ has some good examples
    – xyres
    Jan 12, 2015 at 5:17

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You can use KDE Plasma Widget (Plasmoids) This is screenshot my desktop using Plasmoids Screenshot For catch that, just follow this steps

  1. Install Plasma Desktop and dependencies

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

  2. Make launcher for launch the Plasma Desktop. Create Launcher
  3. If you want to use it from startup just add it in "Startup Applications" Make Startup
  4. And then, make things look right. First enable GTK+ for Qt Application via :

    System Settings (for KDE) -> Appliaction Appearance -> Widget Style -> GTK+

  5. Next, install Ambiance theme style for the Plasma

    System Settings (for KDE) -> Workspace Appearance -> Desktop Theme -> Get new theme Search Ambiance theme

  6. Finally, improve your new desktop with Unity+Plasma. For Launching and adding Widget, same like in KDE ^_^

  7. If you want the Widget work in behind Desktop (like Dashboard in OSX)

    Setting Widget behavior

  8. And you will get like this in Ubuntu!!

    Plasma Dashboard

Ok.. I get that things all from Install Plasma in Unity

I hope you look for like this

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    Thanks for this. IMO - the Plasma desktop is the best part of KDE and having it under Gnome is pure awesome. Kudos to the KDE folks for make thier stuff so modular...impressive.
    – Dave
    Aug 3, 2012 at 14:20
  • whats the point running plasma on gnome ? why not just use kde ? May 30, 2013 at 17:00

Install screenlets Install screenlets, then open screenlets-manager.


It allows you to run not only the Google gadgets you are looking for, but also gadgets and widgets from other frameworks (such as Super Karamba) :)!

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    I just installed this. It seems to be awesome, considering how easy it was to get it to work.(Ubuntu 14.04 x86_64) Jun 13, 2014 at 12:52

No, it does not have any widgets you can place on the desktop.

The uninstall was probably because it was installed from a standalone deb and apt marked it as obsolete after the switch to the 11.04 ppas.


There are a couple of indicator applets you can install. Take a look at this fred... What Application Indicators are available?


You can use flidget (I created it). It is a flexible and highly configurable widget system. You can find it at:


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