[ubuntu] Help with Conky in Ubuntu 12.04

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http://ubuntuforums.org – As the title said, I need help running Conky in Ubuntu 12.04. I want to customize my desktop. I want it to be uniquely mine. From what I understand, Conky is the way to do this. Now, that said, everything I have found so far about Conky has been over my head. Will someone PLEASE explain it to me in a way that is for the ABSOLUTE. BEGINNER. Talk to me as if I was dumb, because in this instance I might as well be. Specifically, I need to understand how to make Conky run automatically when my profile is opened, how to customize what my Conky looks like because I do not want a big clunky black wi (Hardware)