Originally Published: Sunday, 7 May 2000 Author: Tom Dominico
Published to: news_enhance_desktops/Software Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Review: GKrellM

If you like to keep an eye on your system, check out GKrellM. GKrellM can replace the various dockapps, epplets, etc. that you may have collected over time. However, what makes GKrellM noteworthy is that is uses a single process, and it includes a host of other features.

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If you like to keep an eye on your system, check out GKrellM. GKrellM is a set of stacked monitors that report on the usual system statistics, including CPU, processes, I/O, network interfaces, for example. With those features alone, it can replace the various dockapps, epplets, etc. that you may have collected over time. However, what makes GKrellM noteworthy is that is uses a single process, and it includes a host of other features.

For instance, GKrellM will show you the free space in any of your filesystems, and allow you to mount/unmount them with a click. (There goes the need for yet another dockapp...) It will show you free memory, swap space in use, the date/time, and your system uptime. You can configure it to automatically run fetchmail or another similar app, and it will notify you of any new mail. Click on the mail icon, and your favorite email app is launched. GKrellM will also allow you to launch a PPP connection, and will keep track of your time online (for those of you who pay by the minute). Oh, and did I mention that it's themeable?

GKrellM packs a huge amount of functionality into an attractive, compact display. If you'd like to learn more about it, head over to gkrellm.net. Kudos to Bill Wilson for his excellent work!





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