Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jun 2008 22:18 UTC
Google "Google has announced the official release of Desktop Gadgets for Linux and is distributing the source code under the open-source Apache software license. Although there are still bugs and the implementation is not yet entirely complete, it works well enough for day-to-day use."
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No use, really...
by Moredhas on Fri 6th Jun 2008 01:33 UTC
Moredhas
Member since:
2008-04-10

I've never really found a use for widgets, or desklets, or screenlets, or whatever your chosen marketing overlord calls them. I have a clock next to my notification tray. I have an RSS ticker in Firefox (or I did with Firefox 2. I don't know if it's been updated yet). I just don't see a need for widgets. Sure, the KDE desktop is based on them, but what's the use of anything other than the icon widget?

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RE: No use, really...
by bousozoku on Fri 6th Jun 2008 05:46 in reply to "No use, really..."
bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

I've never really found a use for widgets, or desklets, or screenlets, or whatever your chosen marketing overlord calls them. I have a clock next to my notification tray. I have an RSS ticker in Firefox (or I did with Firefox 2. I don't know if it's been updated yet). I just don't see a need for widgets. Sure, the KDE desktop is based on them, but what's the use of anything other than the icon widget?


I've used Apple's Dashboard (widget desktop) and it worked in Tiger (10.4.x) by sucking up most of the available resources but it was cute and suddenly, Mac fanatics had to have widgets to tell them when to run to the toilet. "Shiny things...ooooooo." :-D I haven't run the process since the first few weeks.

There are good reasons to have them, I'm sure because you can do a lot of tedious things with them, but I can still write a quick application or use a browser to get to the information I need.

Translating between the different types is the big deal now. The most popular widget could be the one that makes them all work automatically...everywhere.

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RE: No use, really...
by 6c1452 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 06:12 in reply to "No use, really..."
6c1452 Member since:
2007-08-29

The weather widget is useful. Or it would be if we didn't have windows.

I have a clock and load monitor in the tray, and conky (windowed, not inty-grated with the desktop) for a system monitor -- which gives you better information than any collection of desklets, in a better format, without becoming an all-consuming behemoth and also killing your pets, if any.

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RE: No use, really...
by qroon on Fri 6th Jun 2008 07:28 in reply to "No use, really..."
qroon Member since:
2005-10-21

I used to install konfabulator on win32 and gdesklets on linux. But after a period of time, you outgrow it ;) 90% of the time, I work on tabbed environments, be it browser or desktop apps. And I have this 8-10 putty windows and one putty connection manager with more tabs open.

For a clock? I look on the system tray.

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RE: No use, really...
by sorpigal on Mon 9th Jun 2008 21:10 in reply to "No use, really..."
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Everything old is new again.

Remember epplets? Dockapps? It's the same.

Today I use gkrellm, as I have for years, to display various meters (net, disk, cpu, ram, etc), mail notification, weather, a clock and what-have-you. It sits always-visible on my screen and my windows don't max over it.

Gadgets, to the extent that they are gkrellm, are useful to me, but take up too much space. The web integration offers some interesting possibilities. The browser-type API makes coding new ones easier, I suppose. But in the end there's nothing revolutionary here, just the same thing rehashed one more time.

That said, Plasma is interesting. Best dock apps since windowmaker.

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