Brief: This beginner’s guide shows you how to use Conky in Linux desktop. Both GUI and command line methods have been discussed. You might have seen such a screenshot of Linux desktop in various discussion forums. And you may wonder how did the other guy displayed CPU, memory and other information on the desktop. The answer lies in one word: Conky. Conky is a lightweight free system monitor available on Linux and BSD. It can display the system information and statistics such as CPU consumption, disk usage, RAM utilization, network speed etc in an elegant way.