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Old 03-14-2018, 09:05 AM   #1
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Widgets for the Linux desktop


I am very fond of desktop widgets (Windows 7-style in particular).
Are they used in Linux too? Where can I find some good widgets for my Linux desktop?
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:08 AM   #2
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there is no such thing as a Linux Desktop. Linux is the Kernel is does not possess the capability to have one. It just boots your system, (in short). you do have an array of desktops, and window managers to pick from though, when you figure out which one it is you'd like to use, then that question might be applicable. This is Linux/GNU not Windows.
 
Old 03-14-2018, 09:18 AM   #3
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Ok, then can you recommend some desktop environments for Linux that have good widgets?
 
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I don't use widgets, I use dockapps. I am not all into that make my Linux box a Windows OS look and feel might as well stayed with Windows kind of guy.

I'd suggest looking into Mate, Cinnamon, XFCE maybe. go google crazy read up on them, select images in the google so you can get a look at what they look like then just install them work with them for a while. then go to the next one, repeat until you find something you like.

Unlike Windows, you can have more than one desktop installed to pick from depending on your mood and needs.
 
Old 03-14-2018, 10:29 AM   #5
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Ok, then can you recommend some desktop environments for Linux that have good widgets?
The Cinnamon desktop has applets, themes, extensions and desklets, collectively called Spices, which you might want to try out.

https://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/
 
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:45 AM   #6
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I've seen Mate recommended as something that looks like Windows. You might also like to look at conky. This isn't a desktop but a program that can run on any desktop. It displays information on the background. Most people use it to display system info like cpu usage and network traffic but it can also display all kinds of external information like the weather forecast.
 
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Never having used Windows, I had to look up "Windows widgets" to find what they were and that they've vanished from Windows 10!

If you like to see interesting information about the computer, install Conky.

With any desktop, right-click on the panel and choose Add. There is usually a variety of things available.

If you have Mint, then Cinnamon, Mate, and Xfce are all well supported. As has been said, you can install them all and select the one to use for each session. I remember doing that for a while, years ago. Of course, you can just get thoroughly confused as to what you can do that session ...
 
Old 03-14-2018, 08:41 PM   #8
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Some Linux desktop environments include things called "widgets," some do not.

Note that the Linux desktop is not integrated into the OS as the Windows and MacOS desktops are. Rather the desktop, for want of a better metaphor, floats on top of the OS. As a result, there are many window managers and desktop environments.

You may install multiple DE/WMs on a single Linux system and switch among them. Slackware comes with six out of the box.

KDE is easily the most widget-oriented, but I don't know whether what KDE calls "widgets" are similar to what Windows calls "widgets."
 
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Some widgets are just apps that run on under linux. Some ancient ones like xclock, oclock, xeyes, xload. Some WM/DE's have taskbars with extras. Tint2 can be run on most WM's, even those that have no decorations to provide a taskbar. Lots of options out there.
 
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Ok, then can you recommend some desktop environments for Linux that have good widgets?
KDE.

although personally, i prefer the diy approach. conky etc.
also gkrellm is a sort of widget standalone.
 
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:27 PM   #11
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there are several icon and theme packages that can be added to any of the main DEs.
 
Old 01-24-2020, 04:37 PM   #12
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I've seen Mate recommended as something that looks like Windows. You might also like to look at conky. This isn't a desktop but a program that can run on any desktop. It displays information on the background. Most people use it to display system info like cpu usage and network traffic but it can also display all kinds of external information like the weather forecast.
Thanks for the tip about conky! Much appreciated.
 
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KDE had 'windows-like wigets' last time I ran it.
 
Old 01-26-2020, 06:34 PM   #14
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If you're feeling adventurous, Puppy Linux has its very own, custom set of Conky-based 'desktop widgets', called pWidgets. These come courtesy of our 'gadget guru', zigbert.


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Ok, then can you recommend some desktop environments for Linux that have good widgets?
As a former Windows user I can help you instead of being a wiseguy with no manners like some others that have replied to you. The desktop environment that I have used are Xfce and KDE Plasma. I prefer Xfce because it's the closest to Windows 7's graphical user interface. https://xfce.org/ KDE Plasma is more like Windows 10's graphical user interface. https://kde.org/ Both have widgets. To adjust them to your preference including theming will be much different than in Windows. Have you picked out a Linux distro yet? If not I would recommend MX Linux. https://mxlinux.org/products/ You can move the taskbar which is called the panel in Linux to the bottom the easy way using MX Tweak.

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