I would like to have something like this to be at the back of my desktop.

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At the right most of the desktop you can see the operations of the system and any other thing. How can I incooporate this in mine too?


Regarding the main question:

This is most likely realized with conky.

About conky

Conky is a system monitor for X originally based on the torsmo code.


You can install conky from default repositories via:

sudo apt install conky-all

First steps

After having installed you can choose by manually creating a config file, search one from in the internet or use some third party app like Conky Manager (http://www.teejeetech.in/p/conky-manager.html) to get started.

Assuming you have a first config file named conkyrc in ~/.config/conkyrc.

You could start conky with this particular config like this from a terminal

conky -c ~/.config/conkyrc

Detailed instructions about setting conky up can be found in the Ubuntu Community Wiki.

Getting ideas / inspiration

There are tons of pages discussing conky configurations and use cases, one possible starting point to get inspired and more ideas on what is possible can be found on reddit.

  • Although I did not down vote the question, you are likely to get more down votes as is is little more then a link only answer. You are going to need to leave a comment or explain how to install and configure conky. – Panther Mar 21 '16 at 17:38
  • At least i have had some idea of what it is and am quite getting familiar to Linux . – Mwalughabura Mar 22 '16 at 12:17
  • @Mwalughabura: bodhi.zazen was refering to an older version of my post - which wasnt that detailed. But good to hear it helps now in the current state. Greetings – dufte Mar 22 '16 at 12:19

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