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frankbell 11-28-2012 08:36 PM

Does anyone know where I can find sources for "swisswatch"?
It's a nice simple little desktop display clock application that I'd like to use with Slackware/Fluxbox.

There's a *.deb for it (I'm using it on my Mint and Debian machines), but I couldn't find any web presence, an *.rpm (for rpm2tgz), or sources after about half an hour so searching today.

SqdnGuns 11-28-2012 09:26 PM

Can't you use this source package? Use src2pkg to build?

frankbell 11-28-2012 09:36 PM

Never used src2pkg, but I can always learn. Thanks!

fgcl2k 11-29-2012 05:00 AM

I found the sources here:
It doesn't look very "modern", though, but if you like old fashioned desktops...

frankbell 11-29-2012 08:14 PM

No, it's not very "modern," but then again neither am I.

It's small, unobstrusive, highly configurable, uses minimal resources, and works.

Thanks for hunting it down. I'll try it out tomorrow.

fgcl2k 11-30-2012 03:33 AM


Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 4839899)
No, it's not very "modern," but then again neither am I.

:-) I don't qualify as modern too; I feel more at home with fvwm than with KDE.

I made a SlackBuild for swisswatch. You can download it with:

wget ""

GazL 11-30-2012 04:29 AM

Hey, I still use xclock! Modern is over-rated. ;)

allend 11-30-2012 06:07 AM

/me looks right at spring powered chiming mantle clock and agrees that modern is over-rated!

frankbell 11-30-2012 08:22 PM

Thanks for the Slackbuild, fgcl2k. I tried compiling sources today and ran into a dependency problem for "shape.gc" and didn't have the time to devote to it.

I'll give your Slackbuild a whirl after the weekend.

Edit: I got to test your Slackbuild on one of my Slackware boxes today. Worked perfectly, fgcl2k. Thanks.

w1k0 12-02-2012 11:44 AM

It may or may not be interesting for you that swisswatch appearance is based on the design of the clock made in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker for the Swiss Federal Railway service (SBB). In 2012 Apple ripped off that timeless design using it for the clock in iOS6:

wargus 12-03-2012 10:15 AM

Finally Apple paid 20 million CHF to SBB for using this design. :)

frankbell 12-03-2012 08:42 PM

Actually, I use the plain vanilla interface. The railroad watch is pretty, but I want something that looks a little more "backgroundy."

Nice to hear someone made Apple pay up for once.

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