The Windows and Mac versions of Google Desktop has provided gadget hosting functionality on Windows and Mac for a while now and the Linux version of Google Gadgets will extend this platform to Linux users. By enabling cross-platform gadgets, a large library of existing gadgets are immediately available to Linux users. In addition, gadget developers will benefit from a much larger potential user base without having to learn a new API.
There’s two main components to the application: one is a common gadget library responsible for running and presenting a gadget, and the other is a host program that allows the user to choose gadgets and run them on the desktop. Currently we have hosts written for GTK+ and QT, with the GTK+ host offering a sidebar similiar to that of Google Desktop for Windows.
Install Google Gadgets in ubuntu 8.10
First you need to download .deb package from here
Install .deb package using the following command
sudo dpkg -i google-gadgets_0.10.3-0~getdeb1_i386.deb
This will complete the installation.
Now press Alt+F2, and type "ggl-gtk" to start them. You should see a small icon show up in your system tray, and a sidebar. Right click on any of them and select ‘Add Gadgets' to show a menu.
If you'd like to have Google Gadgets start automatically, go to System -- Preferences -- Session, click ‘Add', paste ‘Google Gadgets' for the name and ‘ggl-gtk' for the command. Click OK and Close, and you're good to go.
Add Google Gadgets in Sidebar
If you want to add Google Gadgets in your side bar follow this procedure
Press Alt+F2, and type ggl-gtk -s -bg click on Run to start Google Gadgets
If you don't like the sidebar, then you can start Google Gadgets without it by doing "ggl-gtk -ns".