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Title: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 18, 2015, 11:13:27 am
(http://i.imgur.com/BUm9e9Cl.png) (http://imgur.com/BUm9e9C)

Conky Manager + Cairo dock makes it really easy to have a slick, customised desktop in no time.

I had tried manually fiddling with Conky in the past but the manager makes it a doddle, especially as it comes with lots of themes.

Conky Manager (instructions for installing here (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html))

Cairo Dock (use Software Manager and search for Cairo and install from there. The dock I'm using is Meebo).
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 18, 2015, 11:48:13 am
Can you please give more info and links to where to get any resources (where appropriate) such as:-

icon set (and where to get them)
and
Conky theme used (and where to get it)
and
top panel theme (and where to get it)
and
cairo-dock theme
and/or any other info/resources necessary to duplicate your "look".

After all this is the "Resources" forum  ;)

TIA.



Nice looking UI by the way :)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 18, 2015, 12:02:41 pm
Can you please give more info (and links to where to get them where appropriate) such as

icon set (and where to get them)
and
Conky theme used (and where to get it)

After all this is the "Resources" forum, so links to all the resources necessary to duplicate would be helpful ;)



Nice looking UI by the way :)

Further details:

Conky Manager - on that link above (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html) there are details for how to download Conky  Manager:

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install conky-manager
There is also a link on that page to conky manager v2 'theme collection (http://www.teejeetech.in/2014/06/conky-manager-v2-themes.html)'. Download this collection, then copy or move to your Home folder. From here, right-click and 'Extract here'. This will put the themes into the (usually hidden) Conky folders which live under Home.

In Conky Manager, go to Themes and (to get the background I am using) choose the one half-way down the list called 'Mytheme.desktop'. Tick the box.
The Conky script itself I am using is also included, called: '4&2core blue/conkyrc'. This will make more sense when you have the prog installed (basically there is a drop-down of widgets and you can preview each one - the one I am using is that one).

Note that Conky Manager is modular. You can pick/choose/mix/match Conky 'widgets' to use. Also hit the 'Options' command (top right of program) and choose option to Start on startup.

Cairo dock (downloadable via software manager) has a theme option after you install it. Choose 'MeeGo' (this is the theme I am using in the above pic - it auto-installs the top 2x docks and the bottom dock. Nothing else to do other than choose what applets you want (by right-clicking in the dock area and following the options which are fairly intuitive).

Hope that helps.

If anything unclear (to any one) let me know!
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 18, 2015, 12:15:12 pm
So there's no specific icon set you've installed to get that look ?

pity because they were what caught my eye ;)
(maybe there's a meego icon set somewhere)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 18, 2015, 12:19:39 pm
So there's no specific icon set you've installed to get that look ?

pity because they were what caught my eye ;)
(maybe there's a meego icon set somewhere)

Yeh, the theme MeeGo comprises that icon set (and you can turn off other behaviours of the 'theme' if you so wish, top docks etc, to just be left with the buttons).
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 18, 2015, 01:31:32 pm
OK, thanks for the info .. maybe I can find a similar icon set online somewhere :)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 18, 2015, 02:27:09 pm
OK, thanks for the info .. maybe I can find a similar icon set online somewhere :)

Hmm seems there is an icon-set as such - I've just checked the installed folders. As attached. Can you work with these, sans Cairo? I'm assuming so but not very familiar with customization (though I know you will be!  :P).

meego-clear-icons.tar.gz (http://wikisend.com/download/961030/meego-clear-icons.tar.gz)

meego-icons.tar.gz (http://wikisend.com/download/398488/meego-icons.tar.gz)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: iamesperambient on January 18, 2015, 02:49:17 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/BUm9e9Cl.png) (http://imgur.com/BUm9e9C)

Conky Manager + Cairo dock makes it really easy to have a slick, customised desktop in no time.

I had tried manually fiddling with Conky in the past but the manager makes it a doddle, especially as it comes with lots of themes.

Conky Manager (instructions for installing here (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html))

Cairo Dock (use Software Manager and search for Cairo and install from there. The dock I'm using is Meebo).

cool i couldn't get conky to work with out conky manager either, i find it much easier to set up.
i have my conky set up as just a simple clock i prefer to use htop to check how much system is running anyway
and for my system temp i use psensor i more or less just use conky to add a larger clock for decoration as well
as function. ive tried docky and plank and i feel on laptops their very glitchy both close out when i close my laptop
cario dock is the only one that doesn't do that. currently i have my cario dock set up with out any of its features/effects
or applets so but i find it to be more reliable and it dont see it hogging any resources on my machine like some people say.
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 18, 2015, 03:04:18 pm

Conky Manager + Cairo dock makes it really easy to have a slick, customised desktop in no time.

I had tried manually fiddling with Conky in the past but the manager makes it a doddle, especially as it comes with lots of themes.

Conky Manager (instructions for installing here (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html))

Cairo Dock (use Software Manager and search for Cairo and install from there. The dock I'm using is Meebo).

cool i couldn't get conky to work with out conky manager either, i find it much easier to set up.
i have my conky set up as just a simple clock i prefer to use htop to check how much system is running anyway
and for my system temp i use psensor i more or less just use conky to add a larger clock for decoration as well
as function. ive tried docky and plank and i feel on laptops their very glitchy both close out when i close my laptop
cario dock is the only one that doesn't do that. currently i have my cario dock set up with out any of its features/effects
or applets so but i find it to be more reliable and it dont see it hogging any resources on my machine like some people say.

How do you install GTK themes by the way? I notice you had them in your posts? I can't figure that out.

I like Cairo dock *but* all the whizz-bangs with the animation stuff I find offputting. Is hard to know what you have open and right-click-close gives you no end of menus. So I want to simplify that. I do like the icons (as per my screenshot) but not having them jump all over the place and be static (like on your shots) at the bottom of screen would be ideal. Can you advise on that? Thanks!  8)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: AndyInMokum on January 18, 2015, 04:34:40 pm
Hi the easiest way to explain GTK theme installation is to point you towards the, Peppermint User Guide Chapter 3: http://peppermintos.com/guide/customize/ (http://peppermintos.com/guide/customize/).  I hope this helps  ;).
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: iamesperambient on January 19, 2015, 03:07:44 pm

Conky Manager + Cairo dock makes it really easy to have a slick, customised desktop in no time.

I had tried manually fiddling with Conky in the past but the manager makes it a doddle, especially as it comes with lots of themes.

Conky Manager (instructions for installing here (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html))

Cairo Dock (use Software Manager and search for Cairo and install from there. The dock I'm using is Meebo).

cool i couldn't get conky to work with out conky manager either, i find it much easier to set up.
i have my conky set up as just a simple clock i prefer to use htop to check how much system is running anyway
and for my system temp i use psensor i more or less just use conky to add a larger clock for decoration as well
as function. ive tried docky and plank and i feel on laptops their very glitchy both close out when i close my laptop
cario dock is the only one that doesn't do that. currently i have my cario dock set up with out any of its features/effects
or applets so but i find it to be more reliable and it dont see it hogging any resources on my machine like some people say.

How do you install GTK themes by the way? I notice you had them in your posts? I can't figure that out.

I like Cairo dock *but* all the whizz-bangs with the animation stuff I find offputting. Is hard to know what you have open and right-click-close gives you no end of menus. So I want to simplify that. I do like the icons (as per my screenshot) but not having them jump all over the place and be static (like on your shots) at the bottom of screen would be ideal. Can you advise on that? Thanks!  8)


you can go to a site like gnome-look.org and search for gtk themes in the peppermint userguide there is a nice
explanation of how to install the gtk2 themes.  as for conky i just turn off all the effects and set it as 'panel'
and its pretty much plank that doesn't close out when i close my laptop lid. I also like that you can set up
custom icons but all the 'wizz bang' stuff i agree i have no use for the pointless eyecandy. i like it all minimal
and simple.
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: iamesperambient on January 19, 2015, 03:10:13 pm

Conky Manager + Cairo dock makes it really easy to have a slick, customised desktop in no time.

I had tried manually fiddling with Conky in the past but the manager makes it a doddle, especially as it comes with lots of themes.

Conky Manager (instructions for installing here (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html))

Cairo Dock (use Software Manager and search for Cairo and install from there. The dock I'm using is Meebo).




cool i couldn't get conky to work with out conky manager either, i find it much easier to set up.
i have my conky set up as just a simple clock i prefer to use htop to check how much system is running anyway
and for my system temp i use psensor i more or less just use conky to add a larger clock for decoration as well
as function. ive tried docky and plank and i feel on laptops their very glitchy both close out when i close my laptop
cario dock is the only one that doesn't do that. currently i have my cario dock set up with out any of its features/effects
or applets so but i find it to be more reliable and it dont see it hogging any resources on my machine like some people say.

How do you install GTK themes by the way? I notice you had them in your posts? I can't figure that out.

I like Cairo dock *but* all the whizz-bangs with the animation stuff I find offputting. Is hard to know what you have open and right-click-close gives you no end of menus. So I want to simplify that. I do like the icons (as per my screenshot) but not having them jump all over the place and be static (like on your shots) at the bottom of screen would be ideal. Can you advise on that? Thanks!  8)


also if you like 'meebo' why not download the set install them
and than set each app in the dock as a custom icon
remove all effects and you shojuld have a more simple dock
thats more stable than the other options :)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 19, 2015, 06:48:42 pm
Hi the easiest way to explain GTK theme installation is to point you towards the, Peppermint User Guide Chapter 3: http://peppermintos.com/guide/customize/ (http://peppermintos.com/guide/customize/).  I hope this helps  ;).

Thank you - I had searched on the forum quite a bit but never noticed the user guide!!! Have checked it out and used it, thanks.  ;D
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on January 19, 2015, 06:49:18 pm

Conky Manager + Cairo dock makes it really easy to have a slick, customised desktop in no time.

I had tried manually fiddling with Conky in the past but the manager makes it a doddle, especially as it comes with lots of themes.

Conky Manager (instructions for installing here (http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/conky-manager-gets-revamped-ui-new.html))

Cairo Dock (use Software Manager and search for Cairo and install from there. The dock I'm using is Meebo).

cool i couldn't get conky to work with out conky manager either, i find it much easier to set up.
i have my conky set up as just a simple clock i prefer to use htop to check how much system is running anyway
and for my system temp i use psensor i more or less just use conky to add a larger clock for decoration as well
as function. ive tried docky and plank and i feel on laptops their very glitchy both close out when i close my laptop
cario dock is the only one that doesn't do that. currently i have my cario dock set up with out any of its features/effects
or applets so but i find it to be more reliable and it dont see it hogging any resources on my machine like some people say.

How do you install GTK themes by the way? I notice you had them in your posts? I can't figure that out.

I like Cairo dock *but* all the whizz-bangs with the animation stuff I find offputting. Is hard to know what you have open and right-click-close gives you no end of menus. So I want to simplify that. I do like the icons (as per my screenshot) but not having them jump all over the place and be static (like on your shots) at the bottom of screen would be ideal. Can you advise on that? Thanks!  8)


you can go to a site like gnome-look.org and search for gtk themes in the peppermint userguide there is a nice
explanation of how to install the gtk2 themes.  as for conky i just turn off all the effects and set it as 'panel'
and its pretty much plank that doesn't close out when i close my laptop lid. I also like that you can set up
custom icons but all the 'wizz bang' stuff i agree i have no use for the pointless eyecandy. i like it all minimal
and simple.

Yeh, simple is the way to go, agreed!  ;)
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: iamesperambient on January 20, 2015, 12:47:58 pm
let me know how it works out. Cario dock really is a great solid stable dock, you can customize
to your liking to make it as complex or simple as you want I prefer simple ;)

Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on February 22, 2015, 08:19:03 am
(http://i.imgur.com/AFqLRV3.jpg)

Click image for larger

OK another variation.

Beautiful 3D background image via Prusakov (http://prusakov.deviantart.com/gallery/).

Cairo Dock

Conky Manager, this conky is a simple one: Zagortenay333_Jelly_Conky_BIG (showing the date/time/weather top-middle of image)

Ultra-Flat-Icon set

Info for all of the above applies to instructions given higher up this post.  ;D
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: AndyInMokum on February 22, 2015, 08:38:04 am
You've done a nice job there.  It looks really good.  Getting creative and designing
your own unique desktop is great fun  ;).  This is one of the areas where Windows and Mac users really lose out.  Even after they've themed their machines.  They still look pitifully generic  >:D!!
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: iamesperambient on February 24, 2015, 10:23:09 am
(http://i.imgur.com/AFqLRV3.jpg)

Click image for larger

OK another variation.

Beautiful 3D background image via Prusakov (http://prusakov.deviantart.com/gallery/).

Cairo Dock

Conky Manager, this conky is a simple one: Zagortenay333_Jelly_Conky_BIG (showing the date/time/weather top-middle of image)

Ultra-Flat-Icon set

Info for all of the above applies to instructions given higher up this post.  ;D


that looks great! my only suggestion is you should make custom ultra flat based icons for cario dock so it matches the whole theme.
i had to do that with me (also use ultra flat).  this way the folders match.
Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: mattosensei on February 24, 2015, 02:18:26 pm


Click image for larger

OK another variation.

Beautiful 3D background image via Prusakov (http://prusakov.deviantart.com/gallery/).

Cairo Dock

Conky Manager, this conky is a simple one: Zagortenay333_Jelly_Conky_BIG (showing the date/time/weather top-middle of image)

Ultra-Flat-Icon set

Info for all of the above applies to instructions given higher up this post.  ;D


that looks great! my only suggestion is you should make custom ultra flat based icons for cario dock so it matches the whole theme.
i had to do that with me (also use ultra flat).  this way the folders match.


Good idea. Have done this and it does look better. Had an initial issue because the blue and orange themes have the same icon-set name and the orange set wasn't activating when I picked it in Cairo (it was defaulting to blue). So I have changed the index.theme file on the blue set to a new name and both options are now chooseable. Did this using:

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gksu gedit /usr/share/icons/Ultra-Flat/index.theme

Title: Re: Conky Manager + Cairo Dock
Post by: iamesperambient on February 24, 2015, 08:32:22 pm
what i did was  open the svg file for the icon i wanted and renamed it to .png and put in its own folder called cario dock icons
and placed in in my icons folder and than opened up the program/app and than minimized it than right click ;make custom icon'
than picked the icon i wanted from that folder i made than saved it as a launcher and it worked fine. i had do do that with the screen shot
and the trash can. the rest seemed to have changed on their own.