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Divide and Conky

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Conky is, in it's own words, "a free, light-weight system monitor ... that displays any information on your desktop." Sounds pretty dull, right? Well check it out ...

Installing Conky's a doddle: just use your package manager. For Ubuntu/Debian users, that means simply typing

sudo apt-get install conky

on the command line.

Once it's installed,

rest here

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