I’ve always used the build-in system monitor applet in Gnome to keep an eye on what’s going on system-wise (I run a lot of application/web server locally for developing). But I never liked the look & feel of the applet. Nevertheless, it was there - so I used it.

As Ubuntu finally dropped support for panel applets, I thought there should be a system monitor indicator, that fits in well with the panel style and the other indicators. So as little side project, I developed my own indicator. Here is what I came up with.


The icon shows the CPU load. It is actually 10 icons, so for every 10% CPU load another icon is shown.

SysPeek icons from 0% to 100%

By clicking on it, it reveals more information about memory, swap, disk and network traffic. It is not configurable yet, but that’s the next on the todo list. The disk usage is, at the moment, for whatever disk /home is mounted on.

The project lives in Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/syspeek

I’ve also set up a PPA for easy installation:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:vicox/syspeek && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install syspeek

Or download the .deb directly: syspeek_0.2~natty1_all.deb