I had grown tired of the look of the system meter plasmoids in my desktop. I was looking for a more minimalistic yet complete system information.
Browsing around, I came across several desktop screenshots with Conky and KDE, and I liked them. Previously, I had the idea that it was suited only for Gnome, but these screenshots changed my mind. So I got to the task of finding a suitable configuration to replace my current plasmoids and some blink in the process.
First, I wanted a big clock. I had come across several examples with a big clock on the desktop, and I liked that. This is what I came up with.
Yes, I know there’s a clock on the panel. This one was just for the looks. Here is the conkyrc file for it. conky_clock
Then, on to the real interesting setup, with system information, and weather. The system meters one weren’t hard, save for the temperature and fan rpm. I had to install lm-sensors and use hwmon statements for that.
The weather was a completely different story. The most common setup out there seems to be ConkyForecast, but it depends on a registration to weather.com which is no longer available. Googling and reading around I found a bash script that fetches the forecast from accuweather and parses the html page. It uses the fonts from ConkyForecast to display nice weather icons, so you’ll need to have it installed anyway. Here is the conkyrc.
And this is the full look.