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 Mintconky

Created 7 years ago, edited 7 years ago.
Status changed 5 years ago
Author:

dawnrazor
Status:
Under dev. review
  Score:
 564
769 votes
Idea:

I'd love to see a newer version of conky (which I totally love by the way). The only thing lacking conky-wise is some decent formatting and layout tools.

It fits really well into the Mint simple elegance category & is so light on the resources it puts desklets to shame.

Comments:

2 years ago

siafulinux
I second conky-manager but something included in the default installation and some improvements to UI might be worth while.  
2 years ago

bmac6446
Simply install Conky-Manager. It's well designed, works perfectly and even allows you to save your current set-up as a new theme. No hassles.  
2 years ago

jamax
yes would be elegant  
2 years ago

jamax
any one knows i-nex?or something like that  
2 years ago

MintChip
Upvoted. This would be really nice built into an applet to act as a sidebar, like on MacOs. Hit the button and out pops the sidebar with your chosen information- weather, stockmarket updates or whatever.  
3 years ago

Rustyp
I installed 2 different versions of conky could not find either one of them after installed so removed both, appears conky is a buggy program.  
3 years ago

bimme
I'm totally new to Linux. I don't understand how to get it going and to make it look like something. I've found no instructions for the total newbie which is rather dissapointing. All instructions assume some knowledge of linux command line input. Not very thoughtful.  
3 years ago

mdavies5
Conky Manager is just a set of pre-defined themes. For my taste they are too elaborate. However the files are very useful for beginners as they show the correct syntax to use for beginners to create their own .conky file. Get the latest version from http://www.teejeetech.in/p/conky-manager.html. I found the ppa did not work and neither did the bash start instructions. The best way was to download the .deb file and theme files and install with gdebi. The start icon appears under "Accessories" in a Cinnamon menu.  
3 years ago

HerrDierk
I thought there was already a Conky-Manager.  
3 years ago

romanyacik
It should be included, I mean, fortunes is included by default, and the packages necessary for conky are pretty small anyway. So the installation image would have to be slightly larger, so what? My only complaint is that personally, I was too lazy to find out how to use it. I think this is a great idea.
I believe there was a comment here about Mint themes for conky, that would nice.
 
3 years ago

grandpavangogh
Great idea. I'm still a newbie, I installed this but haven't figured out how to display it on my desktop very well.  
3 years ago

xfrank
a conky manager would be a great addition out-of-the-box.  
4 years ago

dogsolitude_uk
We have Mint themes for the Cinnamon and MATE desktops. We also have two Mint icon sets.

Mint also includes software that is not developed by the Mint team (e.g
Firefox, LibreOffice).

Therefore whereas Conky is a third-party bit of software, I don't see any reason why (a) including Conky and (b) including a Mint-theme for Conky is completely outside the remit of the Mint team. The objection that Conky is not a 'Mint' thing makes no sense: you could say that about LibreOffice!

I guess instead the question should be whether (a) enough people want it and (b) it's worth the effort. Regarding (a) I think the score kind of speaks for itself.
 
4 years ago

vdpollm
for modern machines, this is a personal choice, and should be installed as such. Mint is a distro, so, i don't see why the Mint Team should waste time on this.  
4 years ago

zantaz
again ... mint is only a distro ... you are wrong ...  
4 years ago

DestinTheGreat
Mint is not responsible for 3rd party programs  
4 years ago

yurayko
Conky Manager, Graphical ;-)
http://teejeetech.blogspot.cz/p/conky-manager.html
 
4 years ago

doctroya
I think that a most friendly Conky will be more useful and usable; remember that if we want more people changing from MS-W to Linux, we need programs more easy to use.  
4 years ago

Raed667
Manjaro has done good job in this field  
4 years ago

RjBradlow
Conky is a 'Conky' thing... Not a 'Mint' thing...

FROM: http://conky.sourceforge.net/
"Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. Conky is licensed under the GPL and runs on Linux and BSD."

FROM: http://conky.sourceforge.net/docs.html
"Conky is a system monitor for X originally based on torsmo. Since its inception, Conky has changed significantly from its predecessor, while maintaining simplicity and configurability. Conky can display just about anything, either on your root desktop or in its own window. Not only does Conky have many built-in objects, it can also display just about any piece of information by using scripts and other external programs.

Conky has more than 250 built in objects, including support for a plethora of OS stats ... ~ ... We are always looking for help, whether its reporting bugs, writing patches, or writing docs. Please use the facilities at SourceForge to make bug reports, feature requests, and submit patches, or stop by #conky on irc.freenode.net if you have questions or want to contribute.

Thanks for your interest in Conky. "

----

Improvements to Conky should either be taken up with the deveolpers of Conky or tried by those savvy enough to make changes...

Please do not overload the Linux Mint Dev Team with superfluous requests; They more than enough on their plates.


http://conky.sourceforge.net/documentation.html
 
4 years ago

albertfuller
Giving the user an easy way to configure conky is a great idea  
4 years ago

bug67
As a fan of Rainmeter on the Windows side of things, it would indeed be nice to have Conky be as easy to set up. As it is right now, I still use Screenlets. they are easy to use and set up. I even customized a few by changing file names and such. But, who knows how long or if they will continue to be supported? A special Conky just for Mint sounds like an awesome idea!  
5 years ago

jmdekoning
Awesome idea i would really like to see this in future linux mint releases with also a standard Linux mint conky like the one mentioned under me.

http://linuxmint-art.org/content/show.php/Conky-LinuxMint+Nadia?content=155428
 
5 years ago

Brahim
I made a conky for Linux Mint Nadia and I published it at http://linuxmint-art.org/content/show.php/Conky-LinuxMint+Nadia?content=155428

I used the official Linux Mint colours and logo. I have suggested a Linux Mint Ultimate Edition with conky preinstalled at http://community.linuxmint.com/idea/view/3505
 
5 years ago

Redsandro
Conky is 8 years old, and it's nice to run on microwaves and fridges. But everyone who's got more than 512MB of memory in his machine should join the future and install screenlets instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screenlets
 
5 years ago

Octoberator
Would be nice, but Conky is pretty easy to use as-is. And you can find lots of pre-made Conky configurations online.  
5 years ago

akanashiro
something like this? http://h-41.deviantart.com/art/conky-TABBED-updated-release-324994340  
5 years ago

sunewbie
weather is causing problems. It's not sunny days always :) - end user like me find it difficult to add weather module

P.S. deleted previous comment
 
5 years ago

sunewbie
weather is causing problems. It's not sunny dasy always :) - end user like me find it difficult to add weather module  
5 years ago

Prinny
+1.

A mint custom conky would be great. Just something basic, without the weather would be fine IMO. Process, usage, kernel version, connections. We can always add, but it would be great to have a nice default mint conky.
 
5 years ago

Nooby4Ever
Since it's under dev review i might throw this idea in:
Rainmeter is an conky's winodws variant but it's more powerful in means of options and available skins (just take a look on deviant art).
The problem is it's made for windows, they have had some calls for linux coders but have ,so far, found none.
Fun thing is both are written in c, and i know it's a hell of a job but if some skilled person have time for it Linux Mint can bring out it's own rainmeter linux port which has a larger skin bas than conky.

I know this probably won't happen since it's a lot of work (i assume) but a linux version of rainmeter could bring some people to Mint.
(you wouln't need to start from scratch, you can take conky as a base for the showing on the screen ect)
 
5 years ago

zapbuzz
great idea :)  
5 years ago

MFMassimiliano
One of the problems present now on Conky, or at least some of its most famous addons, ConkyForecast, is the inability of giving forecast taken not by weather.com, but from other web-weather services. Various scripts are available online, but they're not user-friendly and sometimes they present various obscure parts, when it comes to proceed with the configurations.  
5 years ago

bluemeda
promote this +1  
5 years ago

Nepal12
I'm in the promotion :D  
5 years ago

timothy23
I really like this idea. Conky is great by itself and along with a ConkyControl package would be wonderful in Mint.  
5 years ago

sunewbie
+1 @Qrugs  
5 years ago

Qruqs
Even though I am quite confident using the Terminal, there is only so much information you can assimilate reading ASCII documentation of highly technical gadgets. A little tool to set the most important parts to get it up and running in roughly the state you had imagined, would be a great help.

Plus, if you had this aid, you could later read in the settings file what setting affects what, and educate yourself of its inner workings, too.
 
5 years ago

steveking
I love this idea, I have seen so many great examples of conky usage in the forum but have never mastered the beast myself. config tool would be a great advantage for any users that are new/shy to conky  
5 years ago

cypher-neo
XFCE Voyager 12.04 has an amazing ConkyControl package! I would love to see that come to Mint!!  
5 years ago

_git
It would be great. I cannot get Conky to work on Mint, after some time running flawlessly it dies without an apparent reason.  
5 years ago

sunewbie
Just like voyager 12.04 Linux

They have awesome conky control. One of the Best implementation of XFCE along with conky and AWN
 
5 years ago

wei2912
Conky is a great application, but an easy to configure GUI please... i don't think new users want to be "tortured" by the terminal (no offence to power users who i am part of).  
5 years ago

sunewbie
This will be useful to end user like me.

As someone said, I love conky in Pinguy.

Promoting.

 
5 years ago

afei418
I appreciate if there has one simplly configurated conky. I do not have enough time and patience to go to the detials. Thanks a lot.  
5 years ago

crismblog
A good idea, promote it.
And I would like to see a conky installed by default in Mint.
 
5 years ago

latinomanz
I just tried to use Conky and it was HARD, i could not start it, I read I had to use the terminal for that and still I could not get it to work with the terminal, but anyway by default I demote any idea that involves using the terminal for anything, we have to create everything using a GUI because new users will run away if they have to use the terminal, so I wont support Conky.  
5 years ago

barrio
There are nice formatting scripts out there, should be no prob to implement conky with a cool design.  
5 years ago

MadManStone
think it should look cleaner tho  
5 years ago

gofer83
Conky in Mint by default?? I'M TOTALLY FOR!  
5 years ago

nicabod
(More)
I should have read at least some comments before posting, but what I posted still stands. I did not have a look at the .conkyrc file; perhaps it's written humanely!

A well-written config. GUI, it seems to me, would be a lot of effort to create, but I'm not a developer.
 
5 years ago

nicabod
I discovered Conky in one of the special minimum-OS Linux partitioning/recovery toolsets, probably Parted Magic, which fits onto a small (~8 cm) CD. It had been configured with a transparent background, but readability was still quite good, nevertheless. Type face was Courier-like. It looked just lovely! I wanted one!

When I downloaded and installed Conky into Katya (GNOME), I was shocked!
It hijacked the upper-left corner of my screen space, had a black opaque background, and could not be moved. I'm thinking in terms of "appalling" or "cruelty" regarding the default configuration. At first, it didn't seem configurable. When I studied it, it seemed that I would need at least half an hour to learn how. 'Bye-bye!

Mint developers could set up a default configuration, at least.
 
5 years ago

Lendo
Conky is the first thing I set up on any distro. I've got my .conkyrc saved to a flash drive for easy install.  
5 years ago

marksuci
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/710/prikazzaslonax.png/
My LMDE.
 
5 years ago

carbonic
A simple system for this would be awesome. Used quite a bit of time myself to set up something simple.  
6 years ago

Iamwithin
I just took Pinguy's version of Conky and edited the .conkyrc file to my hearts content. Running it right now as transparent in Mint 12 both Gnome 3 and MATE.
 
6 years ago

oscar799
Idea put forward for consideration  
6 years ago

blueXrider
Tried it, doesn't work with ATI Radeon 9800. Using Screenlets instead.  
6 years ago

SirGalahad
Ok, good idea.  
6 years ago

sadi_pu
hey check this for mint conky.
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/545
It may help you. ;)
 
6 years ago

sadi_pu
I think that one day we've mint's openlogo in openlogos font like ubuntu n others have!!Than it is not any matter to make a new conky! :)  
6 years ago

jtb2
brilliant idea. i'm down.  
6 years ago

hessam
Very Good Idea,Mint With Its Own Conky Is More Lovely  
6 years ago

blueXrider
I like Conky but it leaves something to be desired. If it were MintConky yeahhhhhhhh might be a whole different thing  
6 years ago

vrkalak
Many of the other Linux OS-distros have a Conky on the desktop, as default.  
6 years ago

obakfahad
I think conky developers should make a graphical setting manager.  
6 years ago

wyrdoak
something like a python script that gives you some kind of a GUI for building a MintConky .conkyrc might work. I found one that builds wallpaper sideshows by making .XML files, that seems to work for me after I made a few changes, just don't know enough to build one from scratch.  
6 years ago

McLovin
There is a GUI config tool for conky, but it is very unstable atm, and needs alot of work. I am thinking about trying to look at it, and maybe see if there is something I can do to make it work with the Mint philosophy. I love conky, and use it on all my Linux installs, and write tons of different configs, to show everything from basic system activity, to fetching my emails, and displaying the weather.  
6 years ago

grimdestripador
More Code Please  
6 years ago

Nikola_Nenadic
does anyone working on mint conky if answer positiv send me a code to help?and if answer is negativ, who want work with me on that idea.  
6 years ago

SunWukong
This is a great idea. I would totally use Conky if it was easier to configure.  
6 years ago

Pranav
A Very good idea!  
6 years ago

grimdestripador
or mintify conky  
6 years ago

pfjap-paco
It would also be great to have some type of GUI or something to configure it. Right now, it's rather tedious to get it configured and running.  
6 years ago

groovydaddy
I like having Conky on the desktop as a way of tracking all of my resources. I do not like configuring it though. Not that its terribly difficult or anything, just a hassle. I would like to see something in the start menu, like on Vector Linux Light 6.0, where you can activate or deactivate Conky. This works like a switch, so if you want it or don't want it, you can turn it on or off. I think there should be some sort of menu to choose from at least a couple of preconfigured settings for Conky as well. If users know how to configure the Conky bash file, as I do, these users can tweak it further if desired.  
6 years ago

Dutch70
They should at a minimum have 1-2 new styles with every new version on Mint.

I recently installed DreamLinux & all I had to do was go to admin or something and select "Conky"
 
6 years ago

orionthehunter
I'm gonna guess that what the OP really wants is a GUI configuration tool for conky that would make it more like other Mint tools.

I personally don't see the point. If someone feels like building the tool, by all means do it, but it seems that a GUI config tool would inherently limit the capacity of conky that people tend to love.
 
6 years ago

tirebiter
I learned of Conky when investigating different platforms implementing LXDE, which to me, makes it kind of a pseudo-utility for lightweight desktops & window managers. Since it run Mint on my Acer ao-0532h, I've been on the rampage to find that perfect lightweight window manager.

I agree with some of the comments that Conky is geekwear, one reason being that you really have to do your homework to make something nice and useful. (For instance, finding a decent html list of rgb colors.) Then there is the journey through all the .conkyrc files on it's website to start the learning process. Once Emerald is a workable and solid option for all Mint versions, then it would be a good time to have a Mint-Conky.

Even though you can have cpu/memory/net monitors on a panel, there is soemthing extremely satisfying about booting onto a desktop that show you are only using 89 mb after login!! So for me, it definitely has it's place with LXDE and XFCE for sure.
 
6 years ago

kanha
i love mint conky  
6 years ago

epoche
I would love a personalized mint conky!  
6 years ago

yndesai
I like the conky but I have installed

Docky which is even cooler . . . .
 
6 years ago

ferdi6917
that's interesting, i'd like to see mint has its own conky  
6 years ago

hardaur
Love conky and would love to see some mint love! : b  
6 years ago

mrcleanwithhair
I love conky. Though I must say that new users, or users unfamiliar with conky might run into issues when they do things like change their backgrounds? If conky is black and they change to a black background all sorts of issues will arise in #linuxmint-help and the forums...  
6 years ago

harrison
I wouldn't put conky in the main edition. BUT I would put it in the FluxBox edition. The idea of conky and Mint Fluxbox just sounds so right to me. A minimalistic OS with a minimalistic system monitor/email do-hiky/whatever you can dream up sounds good.
I am promoting it for the Fluxbox edition NOT for the mint family
 
6 years ago

Allu2
Sounds like a good idea if done right, Imagine new user who logins for the first time and sees conky showing weather, new emails and so on.. :)  
7 years ago

linXea
conky isn't really something that you usually put in a distro by default. Those who want to use conky I believe want ot configure it all by them self.  
7 years ago

BrianT
I think there should be a quicker and easer way to get the conky ball rolling. But the basic formatting and layout construction of it's .conkyrc file is it's coolest appeal.
So having a multitude of different pre-constructed formats and a GUI layout mechanism
would really turn me off. So I'm only half way into the idea. imho.
 
7 years ago

andreylosev
I don't see any reason to include it by default- most people don't need it. However, conky isn't just a system monitor- I think most people would like having a stylish, lightweight way (unlike desklets) of projecting the time, the weather, their inbox, etc. onto the desktop.

My proposal would be to have 2 packages: conky-mint and conky-stock. The first one would have a setup wizard and a graphical config tool so you wouldn't have to edit the .conkyrc file. The second would be just the stock conky that is currently in the repos.
 
7 years ago

Angtagapagligt
It isn't important to have this in Mint "by default". The people who need it can install it from the software-manager.
You just can deliver software by default if the biggest part of the users use this software (such as picture-viewer, web-browser, pdf-viewer etc.). A system-monitor like conky is used by 10% of the users. I don't have installed it and I don't need it - and by the way I'm a admin.
The gnome-system-monitor is for the most (all) people completely enough.
 
7 years ago

simpleman619
While I've been a Windows power-user for many years (since the Win 95 edition, actually), the Linux arena is very new to me (as in, days...). I've always been a Linux enthusiast from afar (because of lack of stability and security by windows), but due to the (formerly) difficult installation (last attempt was back when redhat 5 was out), I gave up on Linux, thinking "Linux is for super nerds and administrators". I've never used Conky. I did, at least, go back and read the posts ABOUT it for the last nine months. Now, I'm super pleased with the new Linux Mint 10 RC, and I personally think FROSTYC said it best:

"Mint is one of the easiest to use distros out there. Adding things that the average Linux-novice will find useless is just wasted resources & confusing to them. Isn't the goal of Mint to make an easy to use distro that anyone can use? Well seeing RAM usage & other statistics on the desktop is not helping if you have no clue what these numbers mean! If you want Conky, you can install it from the package manager. But novice users may have never heard of Conky, will think it's something built-in to the OS & likely won't be skilled enough to remove it in the package manager. Then will proceed to talk about Linux being garbage...

Besides, I don't want to have to remove it every time I install Mint.".

If you're really a Linux enthusiast, and want to see it prosper into the general publics eye (knocking the crap out of the MS GIANT), you shouldn't forget about the newbies. Without newbies, we're just a bunch of nerds in the far reaches of space, going nowhere fast...
 
7 years ago

KittyKatt
Wrong. Conky is a system monitor. It can output important information about your system on a regular interval for you to easily see.  
7 years ago

omns
Conky is a toy and should be treated as such.  
7 years ago

KittyKatt
I'm in favor of keeping Merlwiz's package for ConkyWizard around. I'll have to try it out sometime soon.  
7 years ago

tanmays
Although it's cool to code conky configs... a GUI would be nice for the non-technical Mint users.

A nice idea.
 
7 years ago

phil
I have been using conky for about a year, but got started making my own when I tried out #! about 3 months ago. I like it very much and I like to see the tools added to the repositories as Merlwiz is doing. It is not a noobie thing, though, partly because variables used in conky are not the same for all hardware. But it is great fun and useful to monitor temperatures, cpu and ram usage particularly. Monitoring temperatures has saved my computers many times here in the tropics which, believe it or not, are quite dusty at times. It should only be available in Mint from the repositories and not built in like it is in #!.  
7 years ago

ssk77
conky + fluxbox would look really nice  
7 years ago

Abd3l
Conky-wise is lacking layout tools but the formatting is actually not bad.  
7 years ago

sajukktheeternal
only if a way could be found for it to obtain a decent UI. Otherwise certainly not, the philosophy of this program is totally different to mint. No UI? Why? Is there any reason at all? Mint is user-friendly. I don't like user unfriendly applications, let alone "user-shove-off" applications. And as long as it isn't user friendly, it has no place in mint. Screenlets could be used instead.  
7 years ago

merlwiz79
I have built the i386 version of conkywizard.
It requires qt4 core and gui.
I put it in my REPO.
 
7 years ago

merlwiz79
Well I took a look at ConkyWizard that axe1668 posted.
With ikeys help I got it to use custom images.
I will make a package later.
It's a little buggy but you can delete the ~/.ConkyWizardTheme folder to fix it.
Look here for updates on it: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=50345&p=301215#p301215
 
7 years ago

71KR117
Maybe a GUI for editing Conky can be made?

Lots of lines scare me!
 
7 years ago

turin13
Conky is far beyond Google Gadgets, in my opinion. So, I promote this idea.  
7 years ago

ghost4782000
Definitely support the idea of keeping conky going.  
7 years ago

grimdestripador
I like conky  
7 years ago

KittyKatt
Has conky-colors been mentioned yet? It's a very good tool for setting up a nice looking conky.  
7 years ago

axel668
There IS a conky UI (http://code.google.com/p/conkywizard/), you'd only have to add it to the repos. Even without GUI conky would be a good idea, add a decent default configuration and that's it  
7 years ago

darkwaymcdan
I personally think a conky GUI could be done by merely having a WYSIWYG program to edit the config file. Then, code-literate people would still be free to edit the config file. Also there could be an option to submit your layout, or use other peoples layouts.  
7 years ago

baffle-boy
how about mint superkaramba? ;) i love KDE!  
7 years ago

Kaye
I have a version of this GUI in the works right now using only PyGTK and Glade. It is nothing like ConkyGUI (which is more of an IDE than a graphical frontend). My version is a subtle mix of personal configuration (all handled through a simple interface, no text editing) and WYSIWYG style formatting. As others have said, the nature of a WYSIWYG editor is that conky will lose some fraction of its functionality; however, I expect when it's finished it'll be an effective tool that will make conky easily accessible to everyone.  
7 years ago

dragonias
I only learned about conky today (thanks, #linuxmint-help! :D), and I really love it, not only because of its elegance and simplicity, but especially because of its incredible customizability. I've already written a couple scripts to display useful stuff in it, and i'm very satisfied. I definitely agree that conky should get more attention, but I'm quite unsure how it could keep its customizability if there was a GUI configuration -- I'd just stick with the conf file.  
7 years ago

greatbigdragon
Oh yeah, decent formatting and layout tools (graphical frontends?) would be great for conky, but for a config file, conky.conf is actually pretty easy to deal with.  
7 years ago

greatbigdragon
I like Conky. It doesn't take much to look up some info on how to configure it to your liking, and you can put all kinds of real-time information into it. A+!  
7 years ago

fangtoby
Great idea. I Support.  
7 years ago

KrashLC3
Great idea. I Support.  
7 years ago

Esteis
Installed and running by default is not a good idea, I think. What I _would_ find cool, is that if you do install the conky package:
(1) It adds itself to the autostart. In other words, that all you have to do is install the package, and it just works. No need for fiddly fiddlings.
(2) The default .conkyrc is one that looks good on the default Mint desktop. Specifically, the current default settings lack transparency, so you get a big ugly black block on your nice green background, and then you become disheartened. This is not right. We are Linux Mint, and we don't dishearten our people.
 
7 years ago

waka_choko
We would LOVE to see conky in the minty way. Conky will add more elegance to mint. see the screenshots: 1- http://conky.linux-hardcore.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/CONKY-colors-2.jpg 2- http://conky.linux-hardcore.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/CONKY-colors-3.jpg 3- http://conky.linux-hardcore.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/conky_colors_20091218.jpg 4- http://blog.conky.be/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/124144-1.jpg  
7 years ago

Lopau
I'm nooby in conky, but I really like it.I already lost a couple of hours getting some scripts. But until now I didn't find one that suited me perfectly. I think I'll have to waste some hours in conky variables.
It should exists am easy GUI for it, not like conkyGUI.
 
7 years ago

baffle-boy
what about the similar KDE tool, i forgot it's name...  
7 years ago

jatwood
I too agree that conky is more tailored for more advanced users at this time and it would be better to be left out as a default app at the moment.  
7 years ago

pazuzuthewise
I also am a conky enthusiast, and would welcome an easy tool to edit conkyrc. But neither conky, nor this tool should occupy the place on the cd. And since not all Mint users like them, they shouldn't be part of the standard configuration, because it really doesn't take more than some seconds to install them from the repo.
Btw, I checked out the Conky GUI java-based conkyrc editor with syntax highlighting mentioned by Alexio, & it's pretty good, although it has a little big dependencies for what it does: sun java 6 and scala-library
 
7 years ago

linuxmint
This would be awesome  
7 years ago

justin
@KittyKatt - I'm down

@Alexio - Good find - I actually did not know about that utility and was looking to start dev'ing one myself. I'll poke in it and see how feature-complete it is...
 
7 years ago

KittyKatt
@justin - Sounds good. :D  
7 years ago

Alexio
Conky GUI is a graphic editor that aims to quicken the customization of Conky files. It requires the Java Runtime Environment (version 1.6 or higher), the Scala library (version 2.7.3 or higher) and, of course, the latest version of Conky.  
7 years ago

justin
@KittyKatt - let's make it happen? =)  
7 years ago

KittyKatt
Is this still wanted? I'm more than willing to whip up some nice looking conkyrc files for this if so.  
7 years ago

jkw
Not as default. But a updated version in the repo would be nice.  
7 years ago

juan_carlos
What the hell is mintconky?  
7 years ago

Rufus
Many not so experienced users of Linux have problems installing, configuring, and using Conky. An easy-to-use Mintconky version would be very helpful, indeed.  
7 years ago

breusshe
While I know a lot of folks love these sort of tools, I find them irritating. I'd say include it for those that like it since the population that would use it is probably more than a small portion of the total, however, off by default, please.  
7 years ago

captainhaggy
A toolbox software, so that really EVERYONE could build it's own configuration, based on the software/hardware of the PC, that would be awesome. For the moment it would be a first step, to integrate the .conkrc from the fluxbox edition to the main edition, I guess.  
7 years ago

justin
I'm sure that I know of a few people that would be willing to create some Conky configurations. Of course half of the fun is customizing it to look how you want.  
7 years ago

Mdyter
i would be happy to have a app to manage and edit my conky. i would like if it will include scrips like Weather, email, multimedia player support, and others. it must have an simple option to enable/disable conky from destop too.
love conky.. =)
 
7 years ago

mati75
+1 for conky  
7 years ago

haruspexed
please no conky running as default :/

next request will be a dock and some desktop widgets in mint yeeez dont you have something better to do when looking to lucid's artwork desaster...
 
7 years ago

sdim
I think a Mint edition of Conky could be useful.  
7 years ago

davedarkblade
I never used conky and I think and I think those who want to conky can install apart  
7 years ago

Joeasaurus
I agree on the up-to-date version for the repo's please but don't have it running by default unless you're going to have a nice way to switch it on and off.

-1 for the GUI configurator too. Half the fun of conky is messing with the config files :)
 
7 years ago

Christian
What about the package screenlets ?
Could this be a valid replacment for conky ?
 
7 years ago

categgs
Conky installed and running from install would imo be a great idea. Take a leaf out of #!crunchangs book and have a list of useful keyboard shortcuts along with the usual system info but mintyfied. Over on the crunchbang forums several users have managed to use simple scripts to transform conky into something good to look at and not just information about cpu etc.  
7 years ago

Kendall
The more I think about it, the more I think this would be a good community project. Get together some attractive .conkyrc files, take some screenshots, throw together a simple how-to guide, and start a thread in the forum. I can't agree that Conky would make an effective default application for each edition, but it would be good to know that it's supported for those who want it. It's saying in the Fluxbox CE as it's very much a staple in a lot of Fluxbox setups.  
7 years ago

williamsonday
I reluctantly agree that conky is really an application best suited to a more experienced user. Additional documentation and more basic templates might be a plus, however.  
7 years ago

GhoS
I don't believe most new users to Linux have a need for Conky. I found it unwieldy to figure out myself (considered still a relative newbie to Linux).
The vets want it, they can install it. It doesn't need to be in it by default.
 
7 years ago

berkah
YES - that's what I am looking for!!!!
Just ready-to-use installation.
 
7 years ago

FrostyC
Mint is one of the easiest to use distros out there. Adding things that the average Linux-novice will find useless is just wasted resources & confusing to them. Isn't the goal of Mint to make an easy to use distro that anyone can use? Well seeing RAM usage & other statistics on the desktop is not helping if you have no clue what these numbers mean! If you want Conky, you can install it from the package manager. But novice users may have never heard of Conky, will think it's something built-in to the OS & likely won't be skilled enough to remove it in the package manager. Then will proceed to talk about Linux being garbage...

Besides, I don't want to have to remove it every time I install Mint.
 
7 years ago

KittyKatt
I found this to be very simple and easy to use when setting up my first few.

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/CONKY-colors?content=92328
 
7 years ago

WillemUK
I agree with a lot of peoples view of Conky.
However...it should be implemented so it fits nicely into the desktop art. Not as an afterthought and just put it somewhere for the sake of it.
 
7 years ago

Alexio
@Kendall - I like the Conky layout with statistics line at the top ( http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5968/screenshotfrom20070824aqd0.png ) with a pretty simple setup: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=276282  
7 years ago

Kendall
Conky will be in the next Fluxbox CE, if someone has a good layout idea then by all means lay it on me.  
7 years ago

y2kcorvette
I agree, Conky is great!!  
7 years ago

heltonbiker
The sort of high level system monitoring ideal for non-specialist as I am  
7 years ago

wackyseb
Not for me, really geek and useless software  
7 years ago

oscar799
Good idea,individual users would be free to customise it as much or as little as they choose.  
7 years ago

Craig_Dem
Yes, this should be included. But only with very simple things. Conky is great but also very complicated to setup and get working right for a first time user. If we are going to include conky, we will need to include a simple way of configuring it or at least use a lot of comment lines in the .conkyrc file. Removing it must be simple for people who don't want it and help files and pages easily find ways to edit it to your own specific taste. (That of course don't get in the way of a more competent user."  
7 years ago

sausageandeggs
Could't agree mre, conky is the first thing i put on any distro i use!!  
7 years ago

davidmiller
+1 for conky
+0 for config gui

Would suggest an easy one click "Don't show this on startup" option as well if you're going to enable it by default.

Std useful stuff:
Processor, RAM & Disk usage, Top processes, ip address --

e.g.

http://pastebin.com/m152b5381

Love regards etc
 
7 years ago

TerminusEst
Totally agreed. Conky installed by default would be awesome.  
7 years ago

KittyKatt
I could make a standard layout for conky. What would be the requested things that people would want to see in a standard layout?  
7 years ago

AgingTechnogeek
I like Conky a lot but have not had the time to learn to properly configure it for my personal preferences. A nice looking, easy to understand ans use configuration GUI would be appreciated by many Mint veterans as well as new users.  
7 years ago

Iunthanaka
I agree: a mintified Conky should be added by default and made configurable via GUI. In my opinion the only viable alternative is the screenlet called "Sysmonitor".  
7 years ago

vrkalak
A simple basic Conky would be nice.
Both PuppyLinux and #!Crunchbang have a Conky as default.
 
7 years ago

SeanBest
Awesome! Love Conky, would love to see some sort of automated config maker even. based on some simple questions and guidelines, that can easily be altered later via the actual config file.  
7 years ago

skambale
The screenlet - InfoPanel is a good example that Conky can adopt for GUI based configuration, instead of editing conky.rc file that not everyone will be comfortable with  
7 years ago

yaspess
agree  
7 years ago

pirate_inc
great idea, once you work with Conky can keep your computer controlled in a simple and elegant...  
7 years ago

brucey
I would luv to see this implemented also ..

Brucey
 
7 years ago

motocamp
I also love conky and would be happy if it will become part of mint  

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