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I love desktop widgets like KDE has and I was wondering if there are any cool widgets for the Stackoverflow/Superuser/Serverfault family of sites for GNOME/KDE?

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It's kinda meta, but I think it should be moved to Superuser. – deleted Aug 17 '09 at 22:42
@Isaac: disagree - this is definitely Meta. – Kyle Cronin Aug 18 '09 at 1:08
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There are very few applications out there that offer very good functionality with any of the StackOverflow family sites. This is primarily due to the fact that there is a big barrier in the way of there not being a public API released yet.

This is something that Jeff has stated is in future plans, and once something gets developed and released I imagine you will start to see a massive influx of nifty websites and programs that integrate wonderfully with the system.

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This related question has a link to open-so-frontend, an SO-family app by kd304. You can download the jar file and run

java -jar open-so-frontend-0.76.jar

I can't figure out how to make the rows taller, and I can't find any documentation, but most of the features are fairly self-explanatory.

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There needs to be an API first before we can actually build SO applications. I think that once it is implemented that there are going to be some great apps that will make answering questions even faster and easier.

Until then, you might want to try some Greasemonkey scripts that work in Firefox. I find there are a few that really add a ton of functionality.

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There are now quite a few good Linux apps that use the API. I have even written some of them myself:

  • StackApplet - a small applet that displays reputation across SE sites
  • StackDeck - a desktop Qt application for SE sites
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