Adding Google Calendar to desktop (Ubuntu 14.04.3)

What an idea Sirji!

Linux is meant to make you productive. And keeping track of your calendar might be the best way to do that.

This short blog post will summarise the procedure that I applied while adding Google Calendar screen to my desktop. Surprisingly, its very easy to do so.


Step 1: Get conky!

Install conky using your distro’s repos. In Ubuntu, this can be done by:

sudo apt-get install conky conky-all


Step 2: Install the calendar backend.

We need to use a python utility known as gcalcli, and its dependencies.

sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dateutil python-gflags
pip install –upgrade gcalcli googleapipythonclient vobject parsedatetime


Step 3: Authenticate gcalcli

You need to allow gcalcli to pull your calendar automatically. For this, you can run the command:

gcalcli list

This will open in a web browser. Grant gcalcli all the privileges it seeks.


Step 4: Add the output configuration file

We need the output of gcalcli in conky-friendly format. Copy this file as in your .config folder.


Step 5: Edit conky settings

Now, we just need to setup our conky window and let it know which commands to run. Here’s my config file. Just add it to your Home (~/) folder.

You can edit it as per your requirement using the documentation.


Step 6: Add conky to startup programs.

You don’t want to start it up manually each time you login, do you?

Just add conky in the startup applications. (Alt key -> Startup applications)


That’s it! Logout and login to see your new desktop 🙂

Known Issues:

The calendar window is superimposed over active windows

For this, I suggest adding this line to the ~/.config/autostart/conky.desktop file



Edits and suggestions are welcome.


Qualcomm Wifi driver issues (Acer Aspire E5-573)

(Edited)UPDATE – Works on Ubuntu 14.04.3 and upwards.

So I struggled with finding a decent wifi driver for my Acer Aspire E-573 on Ubuntu Mate 15.10 (kernel version 4.2.0), whose particulars are as follows:

03:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros Device 0042 (rev 30)
Subsystem: Lite-On Communications Inc Device 0806

But unfortunately, until now, I was making do with dirty hacks such as these. Needless to say, stability was needed.

But thanks to my tinkering with a parallel Arch installation on the same machine, I stumbled upon this – Qualcomm-Atheros-QCA9377-Wifi-Linux.

The README is enough to guide you through.

Thank god for Arch forums!