Saturday, February 19, 2011

Setup indicator datetime on Ubuntu 10.10

There's no need to wait for Natty for the new indicator datetime. Ubuntu 10.10 already has an earlier version that you can install and use with a little simple tinkering.

Much thanks to these posts from Ask Ubuntu and OMG! Ubuntu! where all this information originated.

First, install indicator-datetime from terminal:

~$ sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime indicator-applet-complete dconf-tools

You'll need dconf-tools to enable display of date and day on the indicator. It defaults to only showing you the time. If you're fine with that then just omit the dconf-tools packages. You won't be needing it.

After installation is complete, you'll need to restart your desktop session either by restarting, or a quick log out and log back into your account. The indicator applet will then be available in your list of applets.

List of GNOME applets

Displaying day and date on indicator-datetime

To show the current date and day on the indicator,

~$ dconf-editor

Browse to /apps/indicators/datetime and enable the appropriate options.

dconf-editor

That's it. Enjoy!