NewsForge: GKrellM: Geek Eye-Candy, Monitors, and More
Oct 31, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
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"Bill Wilson's little 'single process stack of system monitors'
known as GKrellM has become so popular some refer to it (or just
use it) as geek eye-candy rather than as the very nice performance
monitoring tool that it is. In fact, GKrellM is so popular it may
have more plugins than other projects have users. Actually, I think
it's not so much that GKrellM has morphed itself into eye-candy so
much as that since the very beginning it's been designed as a Swiss
Army knife kind of utility.
"Let's start by breaking down the name. The G is for GTK, or
Gimp Toolkit. A krell is a unit of measurement used in the
horizontal display of various measurements. If you were monitoring
the amplifier in the movie Spinal Tap, for example, while it was
running wide open, krells would be seen along the entire length of
the meter. Finally, the M is for Monitor..."