Seeking something like BGInfo for Windows, I found Conky.
On Debian based systems like Ubuntu and Knoppix, it is available.
Unfortunately for OpenSolaris, it is not.
So off to compile it for myself....
I downloaded the source 1.7.2 from SourceForge.
I found a blog (in Italian) with patches for the source and instructions.
I had trouble getting the ./configure to work properly because of a pkg-config version issue.
You need at least version 0.23 .
Below is what I currently have showing on my background.
It took some time to get the options right for what I wanted.
I eventually opted to go from a 1 second update cycle to a 5 second one.
That eliminated the flicker and distraction of frequent updates.
I put things here that I want to remember at some future time.