Killer app for Unix switchers...

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
We seriously need a GKrellM equivalent for Mac OS X. Preferably transparent/integrated into the desktop picture, showing all stats in realtime. CPU(s), Net, HD, Ram, Swap, hostname, weather, maybe name of currently playing MP3, and so on. All in a tight little rectangle you can move about your screen.



But that is not enough. It has to use AT MOST 3% cpu usage, preferably less. Gkrellm2 uses 0-1% on my Tibook under linux. The Apple equivalent, similar in behaviour to Gnome's GTop or Gnome-system-monitor on *nix, uses far more than that just to display the CPU use in my Dock.



It REALLY bugs me to be without this in OSX. I feel blind, not knowing what my 'book is up to. The beauty of Gkrellm is that you can tell so much, just at a glance, while using virtually no CPU power. You can also monitor remote machines, as well, so for eg. I can check too see whether my Wallstreet powerbooks are being useful in a distcc compile job.



What are our current options? I just looked (again) at Konfabulator which a) costs money and b) is totally, utterly useless for system monitoring (as of now, anyway). There was some similar app to GKM that displayed net and CPU usage in the menubar (yay!), OR as a semitransparent graph in the dektop, or as a dock app (boo!), etc, but that became shareware and wasn't that great to begin w/.



I'll post a screenshot of what I mean next time I boot linux.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    johnsonwaxjohnsonwax Posts: 462member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by 1337_5L4Xx0R

    We seriously need a GKrellM equivalent for Mac OS X. Preferably transparent/integrated into the desktop picture, showing all stats in realtime. CPU(s), Net, HD, Ram, Swap, hostname, weather, maybe name of currently playing MP3, and so on. All in a tight little rectangle you can move about your screen.



    http://nibs.arsware.org/AquaMon/



    http://projects.tynsoe.org/fr/geektool/



    http://www.konfabulator.com/



    others: http://versiontracker.com/mp/new_sea...esktop&x=0&y=0
  • Reply 2 of 3
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    you also may want to check out menumeters
  • Reply 3 of 3
    1337_5l4xx0r1337_5l4xx0r Posts: 1,558member
    You both rule.



    Paul, you rule slightly more as menumeters is pretty much what I wanted.



    johnsonwax, while none of the things you posted were 'spot on' (especially Konflagrant-CPU-and-Ram-Waster, which, by mentioning it, implies some sort of twisted sense of American humour), MkConsole is sweet and didn't realise I even needed it until I had it installed.



    Cheers, both!



    Anyone know of similar utilities?
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