Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.
Open a terminal window and run:
sudo apt-get install conky -y
Conky can be accessed by typing the following command:
conky. You can use the
-c | --config= FILE option to load a configuration file instead of
My suggestion is to have a folder with some Conky configuration files and add Conky to session startup typing
conky -c path_to_conky_rc as the command. Please don't forget to adjust the configuration file path.
Where to get examples
Great examples can be found at deviantArt.com. There's also examples at gnome-look.org under the "Other Gnome Stuff" section, but it's easier to just search for "conky". After downloading a Conky configuration file you may have to edit it to make everything work.