With the newest version of Screenlets, 0.1, you can now run not only Python Screenlets but also Google Gadgets, other web widgets, and web applications. If you want to get started with Screenlets, I’ve previously written a guide about installing and configuring it: OS X-Like Widgets with Screenlets on Ubuntu.
Start the Screenlets Manager (
Applications->Accessories->Screenlets). If you
get an error about Gtkmozembed, you need to fix this first by installing the
sudo apt-get install python-gnome2-extras
In Screenlets Manager, click the
Install button. From the drop-down box you
can select to install a
Web Widget, or
Application. I won’t go into SuperKaramba themes or web applications today, so
let’s get to installing a web widget.
After selecting web widgets, the
Widget Converter dialog will open, and give
even more choices:
Spring Widgets, and
Widgetbox. Select the type of widget you want and click the
Go to web page
button to go the widget directory for that type of widget.
I selected to install a Google Gadget. In Google’s directory, look for the
the Code button for the gadget you want. This will give you the code you need
to paste into the dialog.
Give your widget a name, and you should be ready to click
OK. Hopefully you
will see an alert saying
Widget was successfully converted. Now you should be
able to start your widget just like a normal Screenlet.
The integration Screenlets now has with online widgets increases the usefulness a lot, there are sure a lot more Google Gadgets than Screenlets. My only issue at the moment is that there is no way to resize the occasional widgets that render smaller or larger than I want.
Great job to the developers of Screenlets!