Conky as statusbar + Dunst notifications
I created a Conky configuration that looks like a status bar. It shows the CPU cores usage (five, by default), the RAM consumption, the speed bandwidth (Ethernet as primary), the volume level, the battery status and the date and time.
And, on the left side, I use an script for displaying X11 programs grouped in their respective groups (see Getting started with CWM).
If the image above looks ugly, please see another one in a Reddit post (submitted at /r/ConkyPorn).
This configuration uses Dina font (xftfont property), to install it see the previous post.
If mixer doesn’t work, load the respective module: snd-mixer-oss. And to load it at startup
# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that
# should be loaded at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning
# with “#” are ignored.
For listing the X11 applications on the left I use this script
Finally, my Dunst configuration is designed to show it on the top-right corner to look like a part of Conky