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Conky GUI is a graphic editor that aims to quicken the customization of Conky files.

In case you don't know what Conky is, take a look at the "info panel" in the below image:

You can find a lot more Conky screenshots on Google.

Basically, Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.

The problem with Conky (for some) is that you have to manually edit the config file with lots of variables, etc. We've seen other ways of easily creating conkyrc files (the Conky configuration file), such as using Conky Colors, but this only allows you to use pre-build Conky configuration files, so if you want to customize everything yourself, you must manually edit the conkyrc file (~/.conkyrc). Here's where Conky GUI comes in.

conky gui

Installing and using Conky GUI in Ubuntu

1. If you don't have conky installed already:
sudo apt-get install conky

2. Download ConkyGUI.jar (extract the archive)

3. Install Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

4. You can now launch ConkyGUI.jar by just double clicking it. If that doesn't work, try using a terminal:
java -jar conkygui.jar

Then, you can proceed to editing you conky configuration file. You will find all the variables under Help > Variables. Unfortunately, it's not the way I imagined a Conky config GUI to look like, where you have all the variables listed and can edit their values from within the GUI, but it's a nice tool, nevertheless.