Conky (1.5.1) is an application that posts system monitoring info onto your Desktop. It is very light-weighted and very cool to play with. Steps to install In the Terminal: install conky sudo apt-get install conky get a configuration example file (check a nicer one bellow) zcat /usr/share/doc/conky/examples/conkyrc.sample.gz > ~/.conkyrc Run conky in the Terminal To have conky automatically start when you boot Ubuntu, do the following: