Howto install and configure gDesklets in Ubuntu hardy

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gDesklets is a system for bringing mini programs (desklets), such as weather forecasts, news tickers, system information displays, or music player controls, onto your desktop, where they are sitting there in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness. The possibilities are really endless and they are always
there to serve you whenever you need them, just one key-press away. The system is not restricted to one desktop environment, but currently works on most of the modern Unix desktops (including GNOME, KDE, Xfce).

Install gDesklets in ubuntu

Use the following command to install gDesklets

sudo aptitude install gdesklets gdesklets-data

This will complete the installation

Using gDesklets in Ubuntu

If you want to open Gdesklets go to Applications--->Accessories--->gDesklets

When you open first time you should see similar to the following screen click close

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

You need to click on left hand side menu to open available desklets

After selecting your choice of gdesklets you can see similar to the following screen

Configuring gDesklets

If you want to configure desklets right click on a desklet on your desktop and click on "Configure desklet" now you can see similar to the following screen

gDesklets configuration screen

Sample gDesklets screen

Adding gDesklets to start menu

In order to start gDesklets automatically everytime you log in into your system we have to add gdesklets to the session-startup-programs.For this you need to go to Systems--->Preferences--->Sessions

Once it opens you need to click on Add

Add all the following details and click on ok

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5 Responses

  1. Wintermute says:

    Nice article!

    I have a problem with the gdesklets on ubuntu hardy. When I press Super – D (show desktop) all my applications and my desklets hide. I always thought that the desklets should stay on the dekstop :O. Any way to work around this?


  2. suCRACK says:

    sucrack@kernel-panic:~$ gdesklets
    Iniciando el servidor gdesklets…
    Se conectĂł con el servidor en 3055 milisegundos.

    === Unhandled error! Something bad and unexpected happened. ===

    in /usr/bin/gdesklets: line 393
    in /usr/bin/gdesklets: line 268 parse_command
    in /usr/bin/gdesklets: line 177 __open_profile
    in /usr/bin/gdesklets: line 167 __client_daemon
    in /usr/lib/gdesklets/main/ line 208 set_remove_command
    in /usr/lib/gdesklets/main/ line 38 __send
    in /usr/lib/gdesklets/utils/ line 75 recv

    [—] 70 chunk = “”
    [—] 71 while (True):
    [—] 72 try:
    [—] 73 length = ord(s.recv(1))
    [—] 74 except:
    [ERR]> 75 raise XDRError
    [—] 76
    [—] 77 if (length): chunk += s.recv(length)
    [—] 78
    [—] 79 flag = s.recv(1)
    [—] 80 if (flag == _CONT): continue
    [—] 81


  3. suCRACK says:

    how may a do to overcome that issue posted before?

    Thanks a lot for your fast response

  4. alex says:

    if you are using the desktop effects (compiz) you may as well use screenlets instead of gdesklets. It’s more stable and a bit better supported.

  5. jayson109 says:

    jayson@jayson-desktop:~$ sudo aptitude install gdesklets gdesklets-data
    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘sudo dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Initialising package states… Done
    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘sudo dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.

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