Using Conky in Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 have never been so easy, all thanks to this GUI application Conky Manager.
Conky is a light weight free system monitor available on Linux and BSD. It can display the system information and statistics in such an elegant way. In fact, if you want Android like wallpapers in Ubuntu, you should really try Conky. Now, the problem with Conky is that it is more of a text based application. Which means you have to change its configuration file to tweak the display. The complex way of installing and configuring Conky usually scares away the Linux beginners.
Don’t be dishearten beginners. In this “app of the week” article I am going to show you an application that lets you use Conky through a GUI. This application, Conky Manager, works pretty much the same way as wallpaper applications in Ubuntu. It comes with a predefined set of Conkys and has the option of importing more Conky themes in it. Tutorial to use Conky in GUI is performed on Ubuntu 14.04 but it should be applicable to other versions as well as other Linux distributions based on Ubuntu as well.
Install Conky Manager in Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10:
Conky Manager has been developed by Tony of TeeJee Tech. You can install Conky Manager using the official PPA by using the following commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install conky-manager
You don’t need to install COnky prior to using Conky Manager. If you don’t have it installed, it will be installed with Conky Manager itself. In case you want to uninstall Conky Manager, you can delete or remove the PPA.
Using Conky in GUI with Conky Manager:
Once installed, you can start Conky Manager from the Unity Dash:
As I said before, using Conky Manager is same as using a wallpaper application. There are mainly three tabs to use: Theme, Edit and Options.
It comes with a predefined set of 11 Conky themes. Using them is very easy. All you got to do is to select a theme and check the “enable” box in front of it and it will be displayed on your desktop immediately. Alternatively, you can also preview a Conky which opens up in a different tab rather than on your desktop.
Some themes also give option to enable/disable specific widgets on the such as memory usage, disk usgae thus giving you more control on what is to be displayed on the desktop.
In Edit tab, you can change the alignment, transparency, size, time etc of the displayed Conky theme and/or its widget. This is important as most of the themes have a predefined settings which might not be suitable for all. So if you want the Conky to be displayed at centre rather than on the right side of the screen, you can do that here.
Options tab has three main functionality. You may want to start the Conky at startup time so that you won’t have use Conky Manager each time. You can select this option here by checking the Run Conky at system startup box. If you want to stop using Conky, you can choose the option of Kill Conky.
Conky Manager comes with 11 default Conky themes. What of you want more Conkys? Conky Manager gives you the option of importing other Conky themes in it. The only restriction is that it must be in .cmtp.7z format. For the start, you can download a bunch of Conky themes from here.
Over all, I found Conky Manager easy to use and quite useful. It has some nice Conkys to start with. It is a nice app for beginners to use Conky in GUI. What you say? Do you like it? Let me know of your views.