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System Load Indicator Adds Ubuntu Theme Options, Bug Fixes in New Release

Keep an eye on your CPU and RAM with this handy applet

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A new release of System Load Indicator, a status area applet that lets you monitor system resource usage, has been made available this week.

Version 0.4 marks the first update to the utility in over a year and while it doesn’t bring any huge changes it does offer some key bug fixes and a small number of visual improvements, including:

  • Fixes for miscellaneous crashes
  • New option to disable auto-ranging on graphs
  • Theme presets for graphs
  • Xfce4 Task Manager now opens on XFCE
Older version used multi-coloured graphs

Older version used multi-coloured graphs

System Load Indicator displays CPU, RAM, disk I/O and other stats in a menu. It can also embed usage graphs for select stats directly into the menu bar, giving you an easy way to glance at resource usage without having to open the menu.

A number of theme presets are now offered for these graphics, meaning Ubuntu users can now have  monochrome monitors to match the rest of the status area under Ambiance or Radiance themes.

Install System Load Indicator in Ubuntu

To install or upgrade to System Load Indicator 0.4 you will need to add the project’s stable PPA to your Software Sources. The PPA supports Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

While there are a number of ways to add a PPA on Ubuntu the quickest is via the command line. Open a new Terminal window and enter the following lines individually, entering your user password when prompted.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload

After installation the applet can be launched from the Unity Dash by searching for ‘multiload’.