Q. How do I install GDesklets GNOME program under Ubuntu Linux to enhance my desktop?
A. gDesklets is a GNOME program which provides the architecture for small desktop widgets to be placed on top of the user’s desktop. The applets placed on the desktop are meant to be quick ways for the user to retrieve information and not get in the way of normal activity.
Task: Install GDesklets Under Debian / Ubuntu Linux
Open terminal and type the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install gdesklets gdesklets-data
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: xulrunner-1.9 librarian0 apturl dbus-x11 Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them. Recommended packages: xmms python-xmms libwww-search-perl python-soappy python-imaging python-feedparser The following NEW packages will be installed: gdesklets gdesklets-data 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 29 not upgraded. Need to get 4401kB of archives. After unpacking 15.8MB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe gdesklets-data 0.35.6-1ubuntu1 [3923kB] Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe gdesklets 0.35.3-4ubuntu2 [478kB] Fetched 4401kB in 43s (100kB/s) Selecting previously deselected package gdesklets-data. (Reading database ... 144425 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking gdesklets-data (from .../gdesklets-data_0.35.6-1ubuntu1_all.deb) ... Selecting previously deselected package gdesklets. Unpacking gdesklets (from .../gdesklets_0.35.3-4ubuntu2_i386.deb) ... Setting up gdesklets-data (0.35.6-1ubuntu1) ... Setting up gdesklets (0.35.3-4ubuntu2) ...
How do I start GDesklets?
Simply click on the Application > Accessories > GDesklets
You should see a dialog box as follows:
Now select required desktop widget and click on display button. Some of the following I use regularly
- RSS feed aggregators
- Controls for other applications (such as XMMS and Pidgin)
- Desktop notes
- System monitors etc