Conky Manager 2.0.2 Can Make Any Linux Desktop Beautiful

Users can download this application with the help of a PPA

By on June 17th, 2014 14:03 GMT

Conky Manager, an application that allows users to manage Conky files and improve the aspect of the operating system, has been updated to version 2.0.2.

This is actually a GUI for Conky, which is a lightweight system monitor for the X server. Having to manage the files and to configure the application is pretty hard and time-consuming when you’re not using an interface.

Conkies are a great way of enhancing the desktop of any Linux distribution and the application has been around for a long time, but it recently got a little more traction with the community. Users have been looking for a novel way of beautifying their desktops and people have just found out that Conky does this job beautifully.

This is where this manager comes into play and transforms that pesky configuration of the Conky files into something really easy to do. The software allows users to import new files, move them around the desktop, and basically modify everything, like transparency and size, among other things.

Conky Manager 2.0.2 is packed with a huge amount of improvements. For example, the main window now displays a list and a preview area, the list and preview areas can be resized or hidden by using the toggle buttons on the right, widgets and themes can be browsed by selecting the dropdown menu at the top left, selecting “Widgets” from the dropdown menu will list all conkyrc files in the directory ~/.conky, Conky Manager now uses the ~/.conky folder by default, and users can specify additional search locations from the settings window.

Also, the arrow keys on the keyboard can now be used to browse the themes, users can now press the Enter key on the keyboard to Start and Stop widgets or use the toolbar buttons, it's now possible to enter a name in the Filter textbox to filter the list, the application can now generate previews, and editing widgets is now allowed.

Installing Conky Manager 2.0.2 is very easy, especially if you are using Ubuntu or any other Ubuntu flavor. The developer has provided a PPA and all you have to do is to enter a few commands in a terminal (you will need to be root in order to make this work):

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install conky-manager


The installation should go pretty smoothly and it doesn't have any weird dependencies. The developer also provides some .deb files for users with systems other than Ubuntu.

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