The result is this:
Compared to the original theme:
My desktop features
- Simple calendar — I even considered adding google calendar events using gcalcli, but the desktop was way too crowded
- RSS news
- Remember The Milk tasks
- Weather Forecast
- and system stats
Almost everything you see is drawn on desktop using conky. There are however, few major drawbacks:
- With conky you get either full transparency, or no transparency at all. It's all or nothing
- Conky cannot draw pictures.
So how did I get the transparent sidebars and icons? Gotcha! They are part of the desktop background.
I also decided to omit the analog clock — this is certainly doable with gdesklets or screenlets, but I almost fainted when I saw the dependencies. My desktop stays lightweight, no matter what. I tried the lightweight adesklets but the result was disappointing.
To recreate this desktop you need:
- "Patched" background — I provide a GIMP layered image, you just need to replace the background layer for the image of your choice
- Conky and conky configuration files
- Weather fonts — fonts displaying weather conditions (included)
- RTM command line tool for the RTM task list
- I am using tint2 as the panel, but any transparent panel (such as gnome-panel) should do
Installing the RTM command line tool might be tricky, as the author notes, you need to install RTMAgent perl module first:
This package is split in two components:
- RTMAgent.pm: a Perl module that implements the low-level API. It provides a UserAgent object which lets you call all of RTM's API methods as normal Perl methods. You will need to install it from CPAN:
cpan install WebService::RTMAgent
- rtm: a Perl script that uses RTMAgent to implement a command line interface. Just put it in your path.
It seems that there are two flavors of the cpan installation scripts, mine required the following syntax:
cpan -fi WebService::RTMAgent, where
-fi stands for force install, as one of the dependencies failed its unit tests. Your cpan scripts syntax might vary, check the corresponding manual first.
After installing the RTMAgent, run
rtm --authorise, follow the generated link and allow RTM API access. This should be done only once, before the first run.
Don't forget to change your username and password in scripts/gmail.py and set your location code in scripts/conkyForecast.template. See the instruction for the weather forecast config.
That should be all. Both wallpaper and conky configs are designed for 1280x800 resolution, you'll probably have to move things a bit for different resolutions. Unpack the attached archive to ~ (archive contains hidden files, you have been warned), set the background, set up rtm, gmail and weather forecast and run ~/scripts/start_conky.DOWNLOAD the background and scripts.
- "ecqlipse 2" icons by chrfb
- Wallpaper - packed with original enigma, author unknown.
- Weather forecast script by kaivalagi
- RTM scripts by Yves Rutschle
- Gmail script by lvleph
I am aware, that the desktop still has some rough edges, but I am posting this in the spirit of
Release early, release often.