Sunday, August 13, 2006 9:27:27 AM
What is real great about this application? You can add your own scripts as I mentioned before, but the main key to success of conky developers was allowing custom refresh rates from each command, so if you really want it you can add a script to check mail once every hour. I saw scripts that read rss scripts and return it to conky. From interesting features I have to mention stuff like seti@home, it looks cool on conky, but from what I remember the project is not running anymore. Although that won't stop people from finding other cool things to place in their system monitor.
You may have noticed that conky eats up more CPU and MEM on my PC then gkrellm. This isn't 100% true. Of course the numbers don't lie, but it isn't conky by itself. Some features are more resource hungry then others. In my case these are portage statistics (genlop by itself takes a little time to parse emerge logs) and also "top like" monitoring, not to mention the graphical bars drawn by the program. But all in all I think 1% cpu and 3% mem is worth the look and fell you get in exchange.
Conky is of course available via Gentoo portage, but there are also packages for many other distributions. I encourage you to visit the projects homepage here. You will find many screenshots of conky on the page, it perfectly presents how amazingly configurable conky is.
If you are using Gentoo, visit this article on conky at gentoo-wiki.
Try it out you wont regret it.
If any one is interested you can find my configuration file and portage script in this tar.bz2 file.