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Linux® for Dummies®, 9th Edition by Richard Blum

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Chapter 15. Playing with Google Gadgets

In This Chapter

  • Installing Gadgets

  • Using the Gadgets

  • Using Google Apps

 

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical Gadgets.

 
 --Edward Abbey (1927 – 1986)

Just about every desk needs its gadgets. Whether those gadgets include a stapler, tape dispenser, or sticky notes, you just gotta have gadgets on your desk — if for nothing else, to help make you look busy! Your Linux desktop is no different. There are plenty of handy gadgets you can accumulate to make your Linux experience easier.

The Google Desktop project brought the world of desktop searching to the Windows computer — along with Google Gadgets, simple graphical utilities that provide information directly on your desktop. They became so popular that the Windows Vista operating system incorporated the same idea.

The Google Desktop consists of

  • The Google search bar: Allows you to search not only the Google search archives, but also all the files that reside on your workstation, from a single place.

  • Google Gadgets: A collection of small utilities that run on your desktop to provide information at your fingertips.

  • Google Apps: A collection of full-featured office applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics, all running from Google servers and accessed via the Internet.

Although Google Desktop Gadgets are popular in the Windows world, they haven't caught on as quickly in the Linux world. That ...

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