I had a helluva time getting gDesklets to work under Gentoo last summer, but it was well worth the effort. At the time, they were not easy to install, but I've been told that they have worked extensively on the installation problems.
gDesklet home page
, which hosts this useful FAQ
, has good information.
Of course, you have verified the dependencies, right?
Python 2.3 or higher
pygtk 2.0.0 or higher
gnome-python 2.0.0 or higher
GConf support for gnome-python (extra package gnome-python2-gconf on Redhat Linux)
some sensors may have extra requirements
The FAQ also has links to distro-specific information ... this thread
is all about gDesklets on Debian.
Hope this helps, Will.
Edit: Bear in mind that gDesklets are resource hogs ... I couldn't run more than three until I upgraded to a full gig of RAM (from 768MB). I've heard, though, that Karamba and SuperKaramba for KDE are much better ... but I've heard nothing of Konfabulator.
/me runs off to check out this new (to me) app.