Kuldgets is a small application that lets you run OS X Dashboard Widgets in Linux.
Grab the source: http://kludgets.googlecode.com/files/kludgets-0.9.1.linux.tar.gz
Save it to your desktop and extract. (Right Click > Extract)
Enter the extracted folder and double click on the ‘Kludgets’ runtime.
You’ll now notice a little rocket in your notification tray.
It’s from here that you can launch and add new widgets.
Sadly, whilst not not every widget works well under Kludgets, a great selection do.
Below are some of my top picks that seem to work fine!
This nifty widget displays the top 10 trending topics on Twitter and is updated every minute.
You can choose between
– the current top 10 trending topics on Twitter
– the top 10 trending topics for each hour of today
– the top 10 trending topics for each day of the current week
“A widget that reminds you of all that stuff that you always forget and that then either gets bitter/cold (your tea) or burned (your pizza).”
What works: You can cutomize this widgets ‘til your hearts content! Set background colour, opacity, the title of the “countdown”, the countdown time, etc…
What’s borked: Sadly the “main” function of this widget – the alarm – doesn’t function in Kludgets but it is still a handy countdown timer – so long as you remember to look!
Word Of The Day
Displays a ‘word of the day’ from a choice of different websites.
Also has various themes to choose from. I’m using ‘Smoke’ in the above screenshot.
BBC News Ticker
A simple news ticker for the BBC News website.
Headlines and short summaries “type” along inside the widget. Clicking on a headline will open up your default browser and take you straight to the story.
“Enjoy a wide variety of over 20 daily, weekly and monthly horoscopes for all 12 signs of the zodiac. Minimizable to a small footprint, this handy gadget sits on your desktop, making the rich content of Astrology.com available right at your fingertips!”
I have loved this widget for a long, long time. (Bite me!) Part of what i love about it is that it’s so fluid, so uncluttered and the sweet little animation when clicking on it to open or close the shell is just… awwwwh!
I found some widgets running through kludgets are resource hogs – not so much that they slow the system down, but still more usage than probably needed for long periods.
As such, i recommend opening Kludgets only when you want access to your screenlets.
Think of it as a manual “Dashboard”!