HOWTO: Successfully run gDesklets
gDesklets is a nice little program where you can add "desklets" to your desktop that control different programs/show different stats. You can use it to replace your Gnome panels, or maybe add some guages to show your CPU/Mem usage, the choices are yours.
So, to begin, here is what your need to do:
1. Installing gDesklets using APT
Installing gDesklets is fairly easy. First, you need to add the universe/multiverse repositories. You can find out how to do that at http://www.ubuntuguide.org
under Howto add extra repositories Once done, open up a terminal and type
sudo apt-get install gdesklets (notice all the small letters)
You now have gdesklets installed. For anyone who is going to try this through Synaptic, you will have two gdesklets search results: gdesklets and gdesklets-data. DO NOT INSTALL GDESKLETS DATA! the files are out of date, and won't work right with gdesklets.
2. Setting up your desklets
Now the fun part, we get to set up our desklets! First, lets test and see if gDesklets is installed and working correctly. Goto your gnome panel Accessories---gDesklets. It should now open up in a window. Goto Profiles---New Profile. Call this profile default.
3. Getting and installing desklets
Getting and installing desklets is probably the easiest part of this entire HOWTO. Here is what you do: Open up a browser and goto http://gdesklets.gnomedesktop.org/categories.php
This is their Displays&Sensors page, here is where you can get your applets. Scroll around through the different categories and find a few that you like. Save them to your home directory (I'm using /home/myusername/gdesklets to store them)
Now, time to install them. LEAVE THEM IN THEIR FORMAT, do not extract them. Go back to your gDesklets window and go File---Install Package. Select the desklet that you want to install (one at a time) and it will appear in the right hand window. Double click on it and add it to your desktop. To configre your desklet, right click and select Configure, enter in your options.
Congratulations, you now have your desklets installed.
4. Getting gDesklets to start on log in
Now, wouldn't it be nice if this all happened for you right on statup of your system? Well, it can. Goto your Gnome panel and select System---Preferences---Sessions.
Goto the Startup Programs tab and select Add. Fill in with this information:
Startup Command: gdesklets
That's it. Enjoy.