Is it possible to use a calendar as a desktop wallpaper (it could be a simple calendar application pinned to the desktop)?

I am hoping for something looking like this:

Ideally the calendar should sync to Google calendars.

  1. Install dates Install dates

  2. Open Dates

  3. In Calendar > Properties > create new

    enter image description here Provide the link to ical (.ics) calendar; remove https://

  4. install compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager

  5. Open Startup Applications

  6. Add
    Name: Dates; Command: dates; Comment: Dates callendar application

  7. Open CompizConfig Settings Manager

  8. Go to Window Management -> Window Rules

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  9. In Size rules (adjust to your monitor) enter image description here

  10. Go to Window Management -> Place Windows -> Fixed Window Placement

  11. Under Windows with fixed positions (you might want to set Y = 24(task-bar height), to show the menu bar)

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Thank you Kory Wnuk for the inspiration your answer gave me.

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  • I followed the instructions above using the "dates" application. However, "dates" seems to have got my time zone incorrectly always. Is this a known bug ? The times in evolution calendar works fine though. Thanks Raajay – user87333 Sep 3 '12 at 20:10

using conky and gcalcli

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One way is to use conky to do that task. Here's a tutorial for it.

Basically it says to use gcalcli to connect to your Google calendar, and use the .conkyrc script there to display it. you can change fonts and colors in that file too.

There's a more detailed Ubuntu forums thread about it.

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You could use Rainlendar

The normal version is free; the version including network synced calendars costs ~10€. I got to say, though, those 10€ a couple years ago rank among my best value-for-money purchases ever.

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  • Is it possible to change the calendar size? I can't find the option. – danjjl Nov 8 '11 at 13:23
  • You can adjust some things in Options-Skins. Choose the element of the active skin you want to modify, hit Settings, and see what's there. For example, the Event list has width and height parameters. – Christoph Nov 8 '11 at 13:43
  • Also, there's a scale parameter available. – Christoph Nov 8 '11 at 13:55

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