I dont know about you guys but conky in Salix is like turtle in water. They were like made for each other. On one hand you have an efficient, fast, and resource-frugal OS. On the other hand you have a system monitoring display in simple text on the desktop which is just as fast, frugal and efficient. I installed conky through gslapt and the only downsides being that I had to start conky manually and that the default conky display was not transparent and it's on the left of the desktop.
I went to #!crunchbang homepage and copied one of the .conkyrc configurations there into my home directory. By trial and error I successfully edited that file to get the conky display I am happy with. I have yet to encounter any problem with conky on the desktop.
If future versions of Salix would put conky at the desktop during startup I would suggest that it appear on the upper-right side and have transparent background so my desktop shows through, #!crunchbang-style.
er.. here's a screenshot of conky in my Salix desktop, heheh