Kali as usual will cry a howl when using PPA. I can still use PPA but using .deb package seems a lot easier.
Install conky-manager from .deb package
(this applies to both Ubuntu or Debian distributions)
Download .deb package on 32-bit System
root@kali:~# wget -q http://dl.dropbox.com/u/67740416/linux/conky-manager-latest-i386.deb
Download .deb package on 64-bit
root@kali:~# wget -q http://dl.dropbox.com/u/67740416/linux/conky-manager-latest-amd64.deb
The DEB files are available from following links:
Because I use a 64-bit system, I’ve installed using the following commands:
First you make conky-manager-latest-amd64.deb executable using chmod +x command. Next you install it using dpkg -i command with –ignore-depends flag. The reason we are ignoring dependencies is because Kali Linux doesn’t seem to resolve them too well.
root@kali:~# chmod +x conky-manager-latest-amd64.deb root@kali:~# dpkg -i conky-manager-latest-amd64.deb --ignore-depends
Launch Conky Manager
Press ALT+F2 and type in conky-manager
You should be able to configure Conky using Conky Manager now.
The default installation contains only a few sample themes. For more themes, download the theme pack given below and install it using the Import button on the tool-bar.
Use the following command to download Conky Manager Theme pack.
root@kali:~# wget http://download2183.mediafire.com/s9p1h3ja73yg/icvmpzhlk7vgejt/default-themes-extra-1.cmtp.7z --progress=bar
Import it using the import button.
Now that you got themes and widgets imported, you can open Conky Manager again and start making your desktop more usable.
A somewhat modified desktop with Conky Manager
Here’s something I came up with… Not very neat but you get the idea
All your config files are in the following folder.
If you are familiar with Conky (trust me, it’s easy to learn and no, you won’t break stuff by doing stuffs to conky… well unless you start using shell commands … but who does that anyway).