With the release of KDE 4.2, Google Gadgets became fully integrated into Plasma. You can add them to your desktop with a few clicks of your mouse, unless you happen to be a Kubuntu user. For reasons that are outside the scope of this article, Kubuntu developers decided to remove the Google Gadget code from Plasma. Being the stubborn hackers that we are, however, we are going to get them back.
Compiling Google Gadgets 0.10.12 in Debian and Ubuntu
Here are a few steps you need to follow in order to compile Google Gadgets from source on Debian and Ubuntu. To install the needed dependencies type as root:
Not too long ago Google released their gadgets for Linux. Those fine folks at GetDeb.net have compiled an easy to use .deb file for us Debian based Linux folk to use. It’s quite simple - here’s what you do.
Google has released a platform for running their widget applications (Google Desktop Gadgets and web-based Universal Gadgets) on Linux. Google Gadgets for Linux is an open source project, and includes front-ends for GNOME and KDE environments.