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Is There A Really Good, Reliable, Accurate, High Quality Weather Program Out There For Ubuntu V11.10 64-Bit You Can Recommend Or Suggest?

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Hello. I have a question to ask you regarding Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit.

Is there a really good, reliable, accurate, high quality weather program out there for Ubuntu v11.10 64-bit you can recommend or suggest? When I mean 'high quality'; I mean high quality graphics for precipitation (Doppler radar), cloud cover, thunderstorms, etc. Hopefully with some animation or place the weather systems in a preset geographic area into motion? The more the data that can be provided like temperatures (daily highs and lows, dew point temperature), weather conditions, wind speed, feels like temperature, future forecast, weather warnings, etc., the better I my estimation.

It must have the ability to set temperatures by the user in both degrees F and degrees C.

Whether this Ubuntu program is available from the Ubuntu Software Center or not (as a separate 'manual' download), please indicate the name of the program and/or its website too please.

Please reply.        

Thank you!
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If you are ready to install the Cairo dock tool, you will be able to install a very powerful weather applet, meeting a lot of your specifications. Look at the included screenshot.

The Cairo dock (see http://www.glx-dock.org/) makes your desktop look very nice: go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czVTYrVXFIo for installing it on Ubuntu 11.10.

The weather applet is can be detached from the dock and stay on your desktop as an independant app.
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You can also write a little app retrieving the corresponding information from www.weather.com as I explain in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/XML/XPath/A_9856-Retreive-specific-parts-of-HTML-documents-without-the-hassle-of-monster-regular-expressions.html (look at the last part of the article giving the example of retrieving information from a webpage).
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@ pfrancois:

Hello again. Thank you for your videos and instructions on the nifty little Cairo Dock tool. I followed your video and installed through Terminal and apt-get; i added the weather applet, renamed the weather icon title name to "Weather": I changed the weather location to reflect my area, and I turned off the "international system units" (or degrees C) to degrees F. Things went well until...

Then after rebooting I lost the Cairo Dock on the bottom of my screen????????

What happened? it appears this does not 'stay permanently' with my system?

I have rebooted a few times and it is STILL gone.  

I then went back into the search and re-found 'Cairo' and it was there. I re-launched the “GLX-Dock (Cairo-Dock with OpenGL) again. Yes, clicked on that message window that appears (as you know of from your YouTube.com video) and it appeared at the bottom of my desktop screen again. Things are great again. No, I did not have to get a new applet for 'Weather' and reset or configure the weather settings. It all reappeared as before.

So why the reason for the loss on my Linux Ubuntu desktop of the Cairo Dock after a reboot?

I tested this again after re-running the Cairo Dock and after my Linux Ubuntu rebooted and Ubuntu loaded the desktop, the Cairo Dock was again missing or gone from the desktop.  

First question:

Any suggestions or answers why after a Linux Ubuntu reboot, Cairo Dock is always missing or gone? How can I fix it for good to permanently appear on my desktop? Please provide steps.

Second question:

I do not see any 'maps' for weather that pop-up showing things like Doppler radar or other types of radar images in my local area? Is there a means to do that? How? Please explain.  

Third question:

I have tried to connect to your weblink in your second comment above and I get “Experts Exchange Unauthorized Access.”; “Permission Denied”; “This article is currently still in process and yet to be approved.”  It appears to be under some peer review process by chance?  I have attached a screen clipping of the very weblink for you to see.

Please reply.

Thank you!
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I will try to answer all your questions.

By the way: are you a teacher? You end all your questions as these were questions at an examen: please explain, please provide steps, etc... It will be a pleasure for me to do my best.

First question: I have no idea why the dock is disappearing after each reboot, or perhaps better said after each session. To check this latter, instead of rebooting, you could just log out and log in and see if your dock is staying. This will save time.

Check that Cairo Dock is enabled as startup application. System > Preferences > Startup Applications > Startup Programs > GLX-Dock (Cairo-Dock with OpenGL) check to enable.

I don't remember if I had to create a new entry into the list of startup programs. Just in case, this is the content of my Cairo-Dock entry:
Name: GLX-Dock (Cairo-Dock with OpenGL)
Command: cairo-dock -o
Comment: Cairo-Dock with OpenGL (hardware acceleration)

If this doesn't work, a possible workaround could be to save the current running session: System > Preferences > Startup Applications > Options > Remember Currently Running Applications. You will have to try.

Second question: there are no maps. The applet extracts information from www.weather.com where you do have maps. Explain how to build an application extracting maps from a website would go beyond the scope of this thread. I am sorry.

Third question: I am sorry too the article is currently still in process and yet to be approved. I will ask them to accelerate the process of approval.

Hoping at least the answer to the first question will satisfy you.
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@ pfrancois:

Hello. Thank you for your latest comment.

Yes, it is fixed now! The reason why is that there was no entry for Cairo Dock in the "Startup Applications...". I added one as instructed by your latest comments and it worked when I logged out and back in again... ...it was there. Yes, something I am not familiar with is the startup applications that run. I am familiar with Windows setup, but not Linux's/Ubuntu's startup method procedures. Something I will ask at another time.  

Okay, to answer your question first question in your last comment... ...why do I ask words and phrases like "please explain, please provide steps, etc..."? Simply, because if I do not; I will typically receive the answer from the expert (I receive in a sentence or two... ...'just do this or that - period' without any explained steps or process on how to do it. That is the reason why. I leave learned from experience -- do not ask, do not get. :) ...and even sometimes -- ask and STILL do NOT get. That is why I have to put it out there. For a newbie, this is not good! ;)  

Thank you, again!
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by:Bazingeroo
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@ pfrancois:

Hello again. Time to award you for this question/thread.

Okay, your Cairo Dock is very cool and nice! I like it! Also the weather applet to the Cairo Dock is a nice thing too – looks a lot like the dock or whatever it is called in Apple's OS X or Stardock's ObjectDock or ObjectDock Plus for Windows.

So I two items for the 'price' (wrong word; maybe 'awesomeness') of one! It looks pretty nifty!!!

Yah, I just need to find a way to get a map version of the weather somehow – doesn't necessarily have to be some programming setup to include with weather applet. Just a nice program. Maybe I can add one as a weblink to my Bookmarks Toolbar in Firefox instead, yah? I will find it.

Okay, 400 points to your direct answer to my initial question posted to this thread and another 100 points for your supplemental assistance comment (your last one) to make this dock stick on my desktop!
 
Okay, take care and thank you again!
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