In GNOME, I removed most of the applets that were on the bottom panel and added them to the top one. After that I changed the width and height of the bottom panel to suite my taste. This can all be done using the options you get when you right click on the GNOME panels.
In KDE, I use superkaramba to display widgets. The weather display is called liquid weather++ and the system monitor is a modified version of a theme called cynapses. They are all available from kde-look
. On GNOME, you can use gdesklets because superkaramba is mainly a KDE thing.
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