Re: Turning a Laptop Into a Calendar/News/Weather Station
I think you can do all of that in Ubuntu (or another, much lighter Linux distro) through Conky. The calendar, clock, and RSS feeds I'm sure of, but you'll need to find a script to pull down your Google calendar information, like this one.
Yeah, I think Conky would be the easy option. Just find the lightest distro that will run it (and your WiFi card) (to save on power consumption and boot time.) The Conky script itself is as simple as putting together a web page, and you can make it as pretty as you like, with layered graphics, custom fonts, etc.
I know I shouldn't use tildes for decoration, but they always make me feel at home~