Mac OS X widgets can run on Windows 7 with the Kludget Engine. The stock dashboard widgets that come with Mac OS, the ones that do not require plugins, ran smoothly when tested with the Kludget Engine (version 0.9.8)
One feature of Kludget Engine that hasn’t been mentioned a lot is its capability to run Opera Widgets.
The Opera Widget Engine is also an HTML based widget engine like Dashboard. This makes it a good candidate for the Kludget Engine compatibility.
Visit widgets.opera.com to test run some of them. Opera support in Kludgets is still in early stage to expect some broken widgets.
Ubuntu version of Kludget Engine is here. Run those shiny Apple Dashboard Widgets on Linux now.
This is built and tested on Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04).
Kludget Engine will be available on Linux pretty soon. For those who can’t wait, download the source code from the repository. It’s almost always to up to date.
You’ll need qt 4.5, and developer tools.
Warning: This is a little bit of a technical post.
When a widget is installed by the engine, it will prompt you to grant access permissions. There are a lot of widgets that will require system commands. They usually come in the form of shell commands like:
A few days after the first beta release, Kludget Engine has a couple thousand downloads. That’s motivation enough to continue working on the engine.
One feature that’s repeatedly requested through email and comments is the F12 hotkey. It will definitely be included in the feature list.
- F12 Hotkey – to show and hide the widgets
- WidgetDock – a widget manager widget
- Animations and Effects – not a priority for now
- Plugins – QT-based to make it really easy to create. I’ve sample codes of the dashboard’s plugins, really messy.
- More widgets – include a larger set of default widgets. dictionary, calendar, maps, system stats.
- Linux – because it’s QT based, we could easily make a linux version of the engine. Or even a MacOS version. (Thanks QT and Nokia)
What other features do you think should be included?