Displaying Weather And System Information On A GNOME Desktop With gDesklets - Page 2

3 Placing Desktop Widgets On Your Desktop

Now that gDesklets is installed, go to Applications > Accessories and click on gDesklets to start it:

If you start it for the first time, a message will pop up. Click on Close to make it go away:

Now browse the categories in the gDesklets window. You will find lots of widgets that you can install. I want to install the SideCandy CPU monitor, so I double-click it:

The SideCandy CPU widget will appear on the desktop, and you can move it to your desired location on the desktop with the mouse. Click with the mouse to lock it to your desired location:

We've just installed our first desktop widget. Of course, we can use more than one at the same time. For example, I also want to know the state of my RAM and SWAP, so I double-click the SideCandy RAM/SWAP desklet in the gDesklets window and place it below my CPU monitor:

To configure/move/remove a desklet, just right-click on it and select from the menu:

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From: Abhishek Joshi at: 2009-05-31 12:04:33

Great tutorial. Thanks!

From: thedoctor at: 2010-04-09 18:43:05

Thanks very much to the howtoforge team for this tutorial.

From: Pepo at: 2012-02-27 18:10:10

FYI, the title of this article is not correct.  I've tried to install gdesklets on my Gnome desktop on a CentOS machine and it came up with the following error:

yum info gdesklets
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Error: No matching Packages to list

If I find another way. I'll (maybe) post it.

My $0.02 ;-)


From: at: 2007-11-25 19:28:44
From: at: 2007-12-30 16:50:46

Thank you for this great little tutorial!  I'm setting up a fun little computer for my sister with a bit of eye candy and couldn't get any of the standard weather desklets working.  This tutorial was just what i needed! 

FWIW:  For US locations it looks like you can use a zip code for the weather "location code".