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Easily Monitor System Usage in Ubuntu 12.10 with Syspeek

Syspeek is a small panel applet showing system resource information through a neat and tidy menu. In one click you can swat up on your system stats in real-time.

System Monitors aren’t essential tools by any means, but users of beta software often like to to use them to keep an eye out for any unexpected spikes in RAM or CPU usage.

The icon that Syspeek displays on the panel is animated, and changes on every 10% increase (or decrease) of CPU load. When the CPU hit 100% the icon turns red.

Although not as accurate as the data in the drop down menu it does allow you to ‘passively’ monitor general overall processor load.

For more detailed CPU information, stats on RAM, network and disc space, just click the icon to reveal a drop-down menu.

Other than that there’s little else to it.

Install Syspeek in Ubuntu 12.10

The ‘official’ Syspeek PPA doesn’t provide packages for Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, so reader Greg Ramey has taken it upon himself to provide this support

He’s made the packages available through a PPA of his own, though no new features or bugs fixes have been added.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:emptythevoid/syspeeknew
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install syspeek

If you don’t want to add a PPA you can download .deb installers for Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 using the links below.

Syspeek for Ubuntu 12.04   Syspeek for Ubuntu 12.10