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Conky - Rainmeter Alternative for Linux

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So on Windows I used Rainmeter for showing system statistics. I liked how I could see all that system data on my desktop. Now that I'm on Linux I was looking for the same thing. I found Conky to be a great piece of software.

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Yeah, both programs are great, although anymore I feel like Rainmeter is focused more on aesthetics than on system monitoring or anything.

 

I used to have a great looking Conky setup that worked well with almost any wallpaper I paired it with, but it didn't work right when I switched to Gnome Shell, and I seem to have lost it now.

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That's a good find. I am installing it now as I write. Using Synaptic Package Manager to do it. I have used Konqueror and it's a very good piece of software. So I look forward to good things with Conky, too.

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Can you

Yeah, both programs are great, although anymore I feel like Rainmeter is focused more on aesthetics than on system monitoring or anything.

 

I used to have a great looking Conky setup that worked well with almost any wallpaper I paired it with, but it didn't work right when I switched to Gnome Shell, and I seem to have lost it now.

You know of anywhere to get different skins for it? Looks junky as the stock setup.

 

Also I have to go to a Terminal window and type conky to get it to run then leave that window open. Can't I run it without leaving that terminal window open all the time?

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I have got Conky running now. Yes, it's very basic in terms of design but then again the more eye candy is involved the more resources will be used. So I am happy the way it is. It shows me what I want to now. In real time. That's good enough for me.

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Never tried conky, however used rainmeter in the past. The only thing I cant understand about em is that you can end up with something to monitor system resources that uses system resources LOL

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