It’s been a while since I’ve done some nerdy stuff, so when Ubuntu 8.10 (also known as Intrepid Ibex) was released last week I installed Conky, the light-weight system monitor as well and had a play with the various configurations spread around on the internet. The beauty (which is also its problem) is that Conky is so configurable that you can tweak for days and days :D

Anyway, here’s the compulsory screen shot and configuration files.

Ubuntu 8.10 and Conky

Take the zip file and unzip it in your home directory. It should create a directory ~/conky, which contains three files: – script to start Conky after a 20 second delay to alllow the Compiz window manager to finish its stuff, before Conky puts its pseudo transparent window on top of it. – script to retrieve your public IP address.
main – the Conky configuration file.

Add the script to your Startup Programs (System->Preferences->Sessions) and the next time you boot… Conky goodness! ;)