Google took another step towards open source by adding “Google Gadgets for Linux,” which comes in two flavors; the ones that are desktop based and the ones that are website (iGoogle) based. For desktop gadgets one needed Google Desktop for Windows or later also for the Mac, a free but closed software. Now the user can also install the gadgets on Linux, however, there is a big difference in how the project has been approached. Google Gadgets for Linux is open sourced under the Apache License 2.0. This is nothing new for Google, as they have many open source projects, but this time they started being fully open from the first day on. They are already encouraging users to become contributors and on the project homepage there is an outlook on what is planned like a KDE4 Plasma integration, a FreeBSD and Solaris port and a developer documentation.
You can run the gadgets using either GTK or QT, but you still have to compile the project from scratch. As Jim said it hasn’t reached 1.0 yet and there are a few things to be polished, but it’s already stable and can run a lot of gadgets with full features.
Source:→ Google Blogoscoped