HOWTO: Monitoring your desktop Linux the easy way

There are lots of programs that help us to monitor our personal computer. They provide us with memory consumption, cpu usage, network statistics and lots more. In this article I’m going to introduce gkrellm. I’ve always had gkrellm running in every desktop linux. It’s very useful and provides essential information in real time. Installing gkrellm is just very easy, type:

sudo apt-get install gkrellm

to run it, type

gkrellm &

and you’ll get several info about your computer in real time.

Gkrellm supports themes, so the app can have several appearances. I always use the “invisible” theme, which is a transparent theme, so you can see the background. Very cool. To install a new theme (Ubuntu) go to

and download the theme you like. Most of the themes come gzipped. Once you download the theme to your home directory, ungzipp it and move the whole directory to ~/.gkrellm2/themes.

Have fun


About jordilin

I'm a Senior Software Engineer with an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering. I've got a range of interests including Linux, a very powerful and limitless operating system, travelling, gastronomy and technology.
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