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Zebra Lord
June 8th, 2008, 03:53 PM
Hello everyone

I just made the switch from Vista to Ubuntu and was wondering if there were any gadgets available for Ubuntu similar to the Windows sidebar gadgets

thanks for the help

peterbrewer
June 8th, 2008, 03:55 PM
There are. If you use kde then with kde4 you can use plasmoids. In kde3, and I guess gnome, you can use superkaramba. Also there is a program for gnome called gdesklets.

Hope this helps.

mgmiller
June 8th, 2008, 03:57 PM
I have found screenlets to be more stable in gnome than gdesklets. The latter has not seen any development in a while. screenlets work best with a compositing desktop (compiz-fusion turned on).

Here is a screenshot of my desktop using a clock and one of the weather screenlets (slighlty modified).

LeoSolaris
June 8th, 2008, 04:51 PM
I've found that for screenlets, downloading a newer build and installing it is better than the one in the repos. The newer ones have a few less bugs, and a few more community made screenlets. I used to use them, but found them to be slightly heavy on the system. Ended up finding all of the same functions in AWN's applets (bzr version), and AWN is lighter on the system.

Leo

lostlinuxkiwi
June 8th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Google Gadgets will be available soon. I think they are available now as source if you want to compile them. Otherwise I would go with screenlets. Superkaramba and plasmoids are really for KDE not Gnome, which I expect is what you are using.

ibutho
June 8th, 2008, 05:24 PM
You can also install Google Gadgets For Linux (http://code.google.com/p/google-gadgets-for-linux/).

cbossi
July 5th, 2008, 11:19 PM
Try http://www.screenlets.org/index.php/Home works in gnome!