Awesome stuff pureh@te, thanks for contributing! May I suggest a little iteration to your design though? What about kinda "update-checker", i.e. a script that checks for updates from the repos and output a line like "There are x updates available". Shouldn't be too difficult to implement from my perspective and would be a very useful alternative for the community to the recently fixed update-notifier. I've seen something like this for ArchLinux/Pacman some time ago and found it pretty neat and useful. Unfortunately I cannot find it currently, but I think you got the suggestion anyway. What do you think about?
I made special conky for backtrack pre-final