sgrover at open2space.com
Thu Dec 6 02:33:39 PST 2007
I mentioned this gkrellm tool at tonights meeting. (or is that last
night now?) Here's where you can get more detail:
This is a system monitor that sits on your desktop. It is configurable
to show more or less information and/or statistics. There are even
plugins to check if you have mail, use it as a music player, and more.
You can also theme it if you'd like. I personally like the "invisible"
theme so that the graphs "float" over my background.
I typically run this from a console, or via the RUN dialog (alt-f2 on
kde). Then I just don't close the program. At that point, it's always
on my desktop. I also configure gkrellm to not show in the task bar.
So now it's just part of my desktop. But it's very handy - when things
are getting a little sluggish, a quick glance tells me it's due to high
drive activity, or CPU, or memory. It's also handy to figure out how
badly the application I just started is affecting my resources.
Theming is easy. Download the team you want (it's in a tar.gz file),
decompress it and move the resulting directory into your
~/.gkrellm/themes directory. Now you can pick that theme from the
dialog (right click on gkrellm - it'll either take you straight to the
configuration for the thing you right-clicked on (i.e. Disk), or give
you a context menu. From the context menu you can go to configuration,
then pick themes.
gkrellm is a mature application, so most distros have it in their
repository. For *buntu, a simple "apt-get install gkrellm" does the trick.
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