OpenSoalris' System Monitor Surprise

On my desktop, I use "mouse over" semantics - my active window is set based on where my mouse cursor is. And every now and again, some interesting things result. Such as today. I went to flush my browser cache and history with Ctrl-Alt-Delete and apparently didn't have my mouse over the Firefox window. I was surprised when this popped up:

From google searches, this tool has apparently been around for a while. I don't spend time cruising the application menus (and maybe I should :), so I never new about it.

It's a nifty little thing. I didn't have much luck in the option to search for open files, but nice for a quick glance at a system. Odd thing is my network stats are nil, which I know isn't accurate. Might be the fact that I was VPN'd into Sun's network at the time. Need to check that later.

I found a demo of the System Monitor. It looks a bit dated - at least the menu path has changed. On my snv_111a system, the tool is found in Applications -> System Tools -> Performance Monitor.

:wq

Comments:

The one in recent versions of Ubuntu is quite a bit nicer, and for some reasons I get zero HDD activity feedback on both of my OpenSolaris 2008.11 boxes in System Monitor. Guess there are still a few bugs to iron out - roll on OSOL 2009.06 :)

Posted by Dave on May 05, 2009 at 01:28 PM PDT #

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