Conky, Avant, Cheese, and Streamer [Linux FTW]

A while back my friend/co-worker Zak had installed Debian on his Dell M1530 laptop; he had this cool display on his desktop that would tell him various bits of info about his system’s current status. Stuff that’s just useful to know, sort of like checking your pulse or stepping on the scale. This software displays that kind of information every few seconds, in the background, on your desktop.

The software is called “Conky”. It’s pretty customizable, available on the Aptitude repositories, and relatively easy to setup. Below is my .conkyrc (the significance will be explained later). Continue reading