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Steampunk Orrery Plasmoid Widget for Linux Kubuntu by yereverluvinuncleber Steampunk Orrery Plasmoid Widget for Linux Kubuntu by yereverluvinuncleber
This is the Steampunk Orrery widget 0.5.1 - it provides an orrery function via a truly steampunk interface. Select a date via the calendar ring and click the date shown and it will allow you to view the planetary movements of the moon and the earth. You can use the ring to select the future or past and whilst you are doing so the orrery will allow you to reflect on the passage of time and the true nature of this force that controls our lives. Well, it might...

The calendar ring rotates by mouse control, the date displays according to ring position. The inner earth and moon rotate, the moon around the earth. The earth rotates around the central glow, roughly following the track of the window circular frame.

The developer known as 'niceway' or 'joker' has used my original graphics and my design but simply enhanced the functionality in respect of the planetary movement and the co-ordination of the various components. A very good job I say...

A video is available on youtube here so you can see it in action: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…

The Steampunk Orrery requires the KDE desktop to act as the engine and the Marble Virtual Globe plugin is also required for the widget/plasmoid to function.

This widget/plasmoid works with Kubuntu Linux 13.04 with KDE4.x.
Installing: plasmapkg -i timekeeper-#.#.#.plasmoid

Dependencies :
KDE 4.n (kdebase-workspace)
Marble Virtual Globe plugin (kdeedu-marble)

for Gentoo: emerge marble
for Arch Linux: pacman -S kdeedu-marble
for Kubuntu 13.04:
sudo apt-get install marble marble-plugins
sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/qt4/imports/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/kde4/plugins/marble/15/org /usr/lib/qt4/imports/org

It is possible that this widget might run on any machine with the QT framework installed (Windows, Mac, Linux, Blackberry, Nokia mobile) although I haven't tested this yet. If you can install the Marble Virtual Globe Plugin on your system then it is just possible that it might function with a bit of work...

Full instructions for the widget are here:

lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

You may use any of my images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all cases I require a credit to the original artist using my name or pseudonym and a link to my own site.
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:iconhb860:
hb860 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
this is awesome
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Don't let it awe you too much. I believe too much awe is bad for the heart.
Thanks anyway.
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vincecrue Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I am very thrilled about the Timekeeper widget on KDE and the steam KDE login theme! My Linux flavor is Fedora 19 x64 (Schrödinger's Cat) and I can use it on two machines.
Screenshot 1 (PC desktop connected to HDTV) picpaste.com/coolAncientClockW…
Screenshot 2 (laptop)  picpaste.com/pics/coolAntikClo…
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Please post those again, I have been away and would have liked to have seen them, do post them here on DA.
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Eclectic-Mum Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really cool!
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I keep it in the fridge.
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:icondarquewanderer:
darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Nice widget. Video was interesting too.
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
It is a good one and the music from Iron Sky makes it...
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Ah, that's where that came from. Great.
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very moody and  somehow it fits... I am just in the process of making videos for all the widgets with sound , music &c - it all takes time!
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
The movie had a strong steampunk flavor. Just wish the script was better.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Iron Sky - I haven't seen the film yet - but I do want to...
If you've seen there earlier film, Star Wreck, you'd have known what to expect, fantastic CGI graphics but poor acting and worse direction - but I understand your criticism, we have such high expectations these days that it is hard to get away with something sub-standard in any respect.

I don't think they used that music in the film in the end.
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Unfortunately I didn't see Star Wreck till after Iron Sky. And now their doing a sequel. Not sure I want any part of that.
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
It is actually very well done, all the CGI is second-to-none. The rest of it must be taken as being merely tongue-in-cheek.
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ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artist
this is amazing...
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you like it, did you watch the video?
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:iconartwithoutprediction:
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artist
I didn't. Link?
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
see the description of the widget, link there
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:iconartwithoutprediction:
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks.
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dswilliams10 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can you install this in windows 8?
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
you can't install this one on ~Windows 8 as it is a plasmoid but you can install the yahoo widget version on Win XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8 &c. Have a look at my gallery for the steampunk orrery widgets for Xwidgets, rainmeter or Yahoo widget engine, take your pick.
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ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artist
This needs to be a Windows 8 skin!
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nope, no skins. Nothing Microsoft. they change the GUI on each version of Windows and each time the themes are incompatible. Instead simply install one of the widget engines and run the orrery widget of your choice.
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ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artist
I ... um... guide for dummies?
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
find the widgets here and follow the links to guides.
lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-wid...
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:iconartwithoutprediction:
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Artist
Totally downloaded Facebook liked, pinned, tweeted and social media hacking XD
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You are MOST kind.
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cbowman57 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
You never cease to impress me with your abilities.  Bravo!  =)
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I just created the skin and the design.
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I didn't do the coding!
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:iconcbowman57:
cbowman57 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Either way, it was nice enough that somebody lent their coding skills.  =)

Good job all around.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
The good thing is that as KDE is being made available for Windows and Macs as well as OS/X it means that the widgets may have a multi -system platform future.
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cbowman57 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Really?  I didn't know that.  Cool.  =)
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Could be very useful, if Windows 8 continues to go 'metro' annoying all desktop users, KDE could be a good replacement for the Window desktop. The windows version is installable using a standard Windows installation but it also still under development and has other dependancies. The Mac version has to be built manually.
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cbowman57 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Always nice to have options.
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iBrushART Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome work :)
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I like it too.
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leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool work
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I do keep some warm gloves for those that find it too cold.
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artbhatta Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW ! really marvellous idea man!!!Clap Clap Clap
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you like it, this widget exists in various forms, not only for the yahoo widget engine for which it was originally written but also available as an Xwidget, Rainmeter and now a KDE Plasmoid. If you will be installing it, please let me know how you get on, any pitfalls/resolutions and then post a screenshot of your desktop.
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artbhatta Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just installed kde-desktop on top of my Ubuntu Studio Xfce today, and have already seen your widget in the gallery,
gonna give it a try tommorow !

Cheers!!!
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. I'll be interested to know how you get on.
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artbhatta Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man! I got the Marbles & the Orrery is working on my fourth Worspace!!!!!  Herez a screenshot:

Beautiful...
It was no problem following your instructions...

From Ubuntu Software Center, Marble can be downloaded ! Once Downloaded running 'sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/qt4/imports/ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/kde4/plugins/marble/15/org /usr/lib/qt4/imports/org'  does it all....

Clap Clap Clap
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Installed a later instance of Kubuntu 13.04 and it worked perfectly this time. Note to self - don't use old operating systems.
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artbhatta Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, glad you could make it work...I spent the last 2 days gettin my laptop back to service--messed up my Ubuntu Studio pretty bad by tryin to install AVLinux in another drive--formatting as Logical drive issues...
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Always a dangerous thing to do. If  I ever want to try another o/s I virtualise it first, find out if it meets my needs/whether I hate it and then, and only then do I embark on installing a second/third o/s.

I have XP, Vista and have considered another o/s alongside but I don't have the guts to try... Kubuntu works sufficiently well in Virtualbox for me to use when testing widgets.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Testing - I just tried to install it on Kubuntu 12.04 using Virtualbox and I can't get past the marbles error. Installed marbles, created the folder and added the link but it still comes up with:
"the object could not be created for the following reason:
file:...main.qml:113.5 type calendar unavailable.../Calendar.qml:16:5:type marble"
then "unavailablefile...Marble.qml:2:1:module org.kde.edu.marble is not installed"

Any thoughts?

I don't have another system capable of running Kubuntu as I have upgraded my old laptop to Linux Mint (Cinnamon)- I may have to create a 3rd bootable partition on my XP laptop and try it there.
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