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Linux Journal: Tweaking Tux, Part 5

Nov 04, 2000, 19:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

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"GKrellM is more than just a system performance monitor. Looking at it, I imagine a stack of stereo equipment components, separate tuner, amplifier, DVD, tape deck, etc. In this case, it displays time and date, CPU, processes in the run queue, disk activity, network interface stats, memory, swap, e-mail notification (complete with animated mail icon and Tux himself bouncing back and forth), and the list goes on. It's customizable and it's fun."

"Building GKrellM is easy. ... If you feel like saving yourself the trouble of a compile, there are Debian and RPM packages available as well. Once you have the program installed (in whatever way you chose), simply type gkrellm & and you are off. Notice the image off to the right. This is not GKrellM's default look, but one of many skins that can be downloaded to change the look of the package."

"To change the look of the monitor (and do any other customization), right-click on the menu bar. In my sunset image, the title bar says "scigate", the name of one of my servers. The menu pops up with "Configuration F1" or "Theme". I don't use the theme switcher here, but rather change things through the configuration menu. What the "Theme" menu does at this level is allow you to switch sequentially from one theme to another, either up or down. The configuration menu, on the other hand, displays them in a nice menu and allows you to choose any one and apply the changes until you are satisfied. You should also familiarize yourself with the built-in functions and change them to suit your own tastes and requirements."

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