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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:…

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:…

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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hb860 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
this is awesome
Don't let it awe you too much. I believe too much awe is bad for the heart.
Thanks anyway.
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)…
Screenshot 2 (laptop)…
Please post those again, I have been away and would have liked to have seen them, do post them here on DA.
Eclectic-Mum Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really cool!
I keep it in the fridge.
darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Nice widget. Video was interesting too.
It is a good one and the music from Iron Sky makes it...
darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Ah, that's where that came from. Great.
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