Aug 052008

Screenlets are small owner-drawn applications (written in Python) that can be described as “the virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desk”. Sticknotes, clocks, rulers, youtube, gmail and more. Screenlets are free opensource software released under GPL License. Screenlets use GTK2 & Cairo for drawing and windowing. The goal of the Screenlets base-classes is to simplify the creation of fully themeable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop.

screenlets are easy to use and there are hundreds of free screenlets avaialble for download.

Features include,

Install and run Superkaramba themes

Install google gadgets youminis widgets spring widgets with the widget converter

Load web apps just like prism

Works with any composited X desktop (compiz, xfce4, …)

Non composite support (metacity etc)

Included themeing-abilities (SVG, PNG or mixed)

Fully scalable when using SVGs

Embedded drag&drop-support

Automated storing of options (using ini or gconf)

Can be used together with compiz’ widget-plugin to create a Dashboard-like feature as seen on OS X

Screenlets can be installed with the 1-click installs available for openSUSE 11.0 and 10.3

To install in openSUSE 11.0 1-click installer for openSUSE

To install in openSUSE 10.3 1-click installer for openSUSE

Once you click this link, it will download the YMP file and automatically starts the YaST Package Manager to add the repositories and download and install Screenlets and relevant dependencies.

Screenlets install welcome screen

Click “Next” in the Screenlets installation Welcome Screen

Screenlets install summary screen

Click “Next” in the summary screen for Screenlets.

Once installed is completed, click “Finish” to complete the installation.

Screenlets installation complete

Screenlets will be found under Utilities – More Programs. Click on Screenlets to start the software.

Screenlets Menu

When you start Screenlets for the first time, Screenlets will prompt to you automatically create a new autostart directory. Click Yes to continue and there you should find Screenlets ready for you to select and use the various screenlets.

Screenlets 1st start

Select from the available screenlets and click “Launch/Add”. This will add it to the screen. You can drag and drop it whereever you want it on the screen.

Screenlets options

To install a new Screenlet, SuperKaramba Theme, Convert Web Widget or a web application click the “Install” button. Click “Install Theme” to install a new theme.

Screenlets install options Screenlets options

Click “Get more Screenlets” to download more screenlets.

Screenlets in action