Transparent Conky with Kde4

Conky and Kde4
I’ve had some spare time to play with my new Kde4 desktop, and decided to add a new Conky for something to do. One thing I noticed is that I only got a solid colour as the background, and not the wallpaper showing through.

Setting Wallpaper with Feh
I had a Google and found that I need to set the wallpaper with “feh” and add a line to the end of Conky so that the wallpaper in the background shows up.

First I installed “feh”:

sudo apt-get install feh

Then I opened my conkyrc for editing:

vim .conkyrc

And added this line to my current wallpaper at the end:

${texeci 1000 feh –bg-scale “/home/rich/Pictures/wallpapers/debian_black.jpg”}

Restart Conky and Voila
As soon as I saved and closed vim, Conky refreshed and my wallpaper was now visible as the Conky background.

Screenshot of Wallpaper and Conky:




Kde / Kubuntu Single / Double Mouse Click to Open / Select Files / Folders

KDE Single Mouse Click Annoyances
Having a single-click to select or open folders and files is annoying. Especially when you just want to highlite a file or folder.
I have also noticed that if you click an item on the start menu and move your mouse towards the desktop, a launcher is created because you moved the mouse so fast after that first click that you inadvertently dragged the icon by mistake.

Go to your Start Menu and select System Settings

Now choose “Input Devices” then “Mouse”. Now all you have to do is to change the setting from Single Click to Double Click.