GNU/Linux operating systems are known to have a lot of different ways how you can customize the various desktop environments that are available. Same thing is true for Windows, although Linux does have an advantage when it comes to customization. Conky is one such tool that can be used to add a lot of lightweight bling to the Linux desktop. If you’re a Windows/Linux dual booter who’s interested in enjoying Conky even when on Windows, then Wonky is just the thing you need, a lightweight Conky for Windows alternative.
Before you start saying how this free Conky for Windows alternative sucks, keep in mind that what you see on the image above is just the default layout, and also keep in mind that Wonky is still in heavy development. Current version is only alpha, not even a 1.0 release. Conky doesn’t look much better when you run it with default config, case and point:
We all know that Conky can look very attractive, and this free Conky for Windows alternative can also be tweaked in order to look much better than what it looks like on the first image from the top.
Couple of things you need to know in order to run Wonky properly. First It requires Everest for collecting sensor data. I didn’t have it installed and that’s the reason for the errors from the first screenshot.
Secondly, in order to customize the Wonky layout, you’re gonna have to get familiar with how everything works when it comes to its syntax. It’s nothing too horrific. I won’t go into the specifics of the syntax of this free Conky for Windows alternative because you can read up more about it in the introduction here and by going through the example configuration file here.
If you run the WonkyConfig.exe from inside the Wonky directory, you’re gonna see a graphical config editor that you can use to change Wonky position, font size, style, refresh rate and so on. You can read more about this free Conky for Windows alternative by clicking on the link down below. Try it and lets me know how it goes.