> 2) I want to keep the current date on the screen (and time as well, but
> time is no problem)
> In my old configuration I do this already, I stick in a corner of the
> screen, one above the other, two applications.
> - one is a xdaliclock with the (hh:mm:ss) time (no title, etc.)
> - the other one is a rclock with a geometry of 150x1-0+12, so the
> display of the analog clock is suppressed, and the date is shown
> in the window title bar
You want the old standby 'xclock', specifically 'xclock -digital'
(possibly with '-strftime' as well, which will let you specify the exact
format of the clock).