How to Install and Configure Conky-Colors Plus

conky colors plus
Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop but it’s quite difficult especially for beginners to set up.

CONKY-colors Plus is an easier way to configure Conky: it automatically generates a .conkyrc file with different themes, calendar, some useful scripts such as weather, Rhythmbox, it supports multiple languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, German and Portuguese and so on.

Here is how to use CONKY-colors Plus:


sudo apt-get install conky python-statgrab

2. Download and extract the conky-colors.tar.gz, use the terminal to navigate to it’s directory and type this in terminal:


3. To see the options (the way you want to configure conky):

./conky-colors --help

4. And after you decide on what options to use, type this (replace (options) with the desired options):

./conky-colors (options)
make install

For instance, I choosed these options:

./conky-colors -l en -c proton -cpu 2 --updates --calendar -m --hd --network --ubuntu

Which mean: English language, proton theme, 2 cpu’s, show available updates, calendar for which the week starts on Monday, hard disks, network and the ubuntu logo.
Like I said, use the ./conky-colors –help command to see the available options.

5. Now you need to update the font cache:

fc-cache -v -f

6. Attention: In the conky-colors.tar.gz archive there is a hidden .scripts folder where you will find some scripts you can use. For the weather forecast there is a deb file and all you have to do is install it.

To find out how to configure those scripts, see here:

Conky Weather Script:
Conky SSL Mail Script:
Conky Rhythmbox Script:
Conky Pidgin Script: httpp://

If you choose –update apt-get option, open ~/.scripts/updates_monitor and read the instructions (debian/ubuntu users only).

If you choose –todo, create a file called ToDo.txt in your home and open ~/scripts/task file to install this script. It helps you to easy add and remove tasks.

7. To run conky, press Alt + F2 and type:


8. To run conky at startup, you have to do more than just run the conky command, because conky needs to be started after the desktop shows up, so that conky appears on top. So to do that, create an empty file in your home folder, let’s call it, make it executable and put this in it:

sleep 30 && conky ;

Save the file and go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications, click “Add” and add the path to the file, for instance /home/

You may also want to read about a great Conky alternative with HTML support.

How to Change Your Login And Boot Screen In Ubuntu Lucid

The latest version of Ubuntu (10.04 Lucid) comes with a plymouth theme that allows more cool and animated screen to be displayed during boot up. While this is a great improvement, it also means that all the previous method of setting your own boot screen and login screen is no longer valid. For those who are not happy with the default boot and login screen, here is how you can change them in Ubuntu Lucid. At this moment, there is no GUI to handle this, so everything has to be done via the command line. Follow closely and you’ll be fine.

Changing the login screen

1. Move your favorite login wallpaper to your Home folder. Make sure that it is of .JPG format.

2. Move the wallpaper to the system wallpaper directory. In the terminal:

sudo mv ~/your-wallpaper-name.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds

3. Activate the Appearance window upon login

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

4. Close the terminal. Log out of your current session. At the login screen, the Appearance window will show up. Go to the background tab and select your favorite wallpaper as the background. (If you can’t find your favorite wallpaper, click Add. You should be able to find your wallpaper in the /usr/share/backgrounds directory).


5. Your login background will instantly change to the wallpaper you have selected. Now login to your desktop.

6. Open a terminal. Type the following command to deactivate the Appearance window upon login.

sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

Changing the boot screen

The plymouth theme uses a theme framework to display the background and animation, so you won’t be able to take a simple wallpaper and put it on the boot screen. The Ubuntu repository comes with several plymouth themes that you can install in your system.

sudo apt-get install plymouth-theme-*

This will install all the plymouth themes in the repository.

Next, select the theme that you want to display:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

you will see a list of the theme for you to choose. Type in the number of the theme you want and press Enter.


Restart your computer. You should see your new boot screen in action.

Bible Study Tool Now in Ubuntu

Gnomesword is a bible study tool for Linux. Latest version known as Xiphos will available now, But I have tested gnomesword and found it is good and stable. By default it is in arabic bible with english commentary. It is open-source software, and available free-of-charge to all.

To install in ubuntu
System->Administration->Synaptic package manager and search for gnomesword

also add sword-language-pack-en for English bible , lot of athor language support also available


open a terminal and type

$ sudo apt-get install gnomesword sword-language-pack-en