After a clean install/upgrade of Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) you may be unable to get gdesklets to run. I have noticed several threads out there with no resolution so I thought I would post a fix. Most users will get the app installed successfully but when they run the gdesklets shell, the app begins to load, goes gray, and then has to be closed using force quit. Also, running gdesklets start from a console shows that the daemon is starting but it never does. By default Gutsy Gibbon uses Python 2.5 while gdesklets is looking for 2.4. This is pretty straight forward to resolve using these steps. Install python2.4 by running sudo apt-get install python2.4 from a console. After that is complete we need to tell gdesklets to use Python2.4. From the console we need to add a few entries to the gdesklets config files. Locate the line that says “#! /usr/bin/env python” and append it with a 2.4. So each line should now look like “#! /usr/bin/env python2.4”. This line needs to be updated at the top of each of the files listed below.
After updating the files with your favorite text editor, start the app by running gdesklets start from a console. This should have you up and running in no time.