oak at helsinkinet.fi
Wed Feb 13 21:15:17 UTC 2008
On Tuesday 12 February 2008, vidd wrote:
> > I don't see how it integrates better, but in any case,
> > gnome-system-monitor has a lot of advantages. As I've mentioned
> > before, just listing Xubuntu's version in the System tab is a huge
> > benefit when trying to help people. Next to that, the Resources tab
> > also provides useful information that you'd have to miss in
> > xfce4-taskmanager.
> I ran both g-s-m and xfce4-taskmanager side by side
> g-s-m is
> visually more appealing
> using between 19-52 % of my CPU
> xfce4-taskmanager is
> more spartan
> using between 5-17 % of my CPU
I'm using Feisty on 1Ghz machine. Xfce4-taskmanager is taking 1-2% CPU.
g-s-m is taking 1-2% in system and file systems tabs, 3-4% in resources
tab and 7-8% in processes tab.
 Settings affect this. It's <2% if I change update interval to 2 secs.
> Why would the user need this application except to shut down an
> out-of-control app?
To monitor applications CPU, memory and network usage?
Note that g-s-m can show also Writable and X server resource memory columns
which are usually the only really relevant numbers on applications memory
> Granted, as a tech support tool, it may have some benefit. But
> for the average user, how often are they actually going to use this
> system tab once the system is running? The resource tab is a nice touch
> that some users may find appealing....but those users are more likely
> going to display that info in panel plugins or some other method,
Panel applet doesn't give the per process specifics and it wastes memory,
*especially* if it runs out-of-process. (AFAIK gnome panel applets are all
out-of-process for reliability reason I think, but I think XFCE has also
What other method?
g-s-m uses more memory when running than xfce4-taskmanager, but considering
that people don't use them *that* often nor for long time, and the large
amount of useful additional functionality, the memory usage is really
insignificant difference. I don't see any reason why I would run
xfce4-taskmanager. I'm an advanced user though, others might not
have use for the extra functionality.
I think the system information thing is the killer though. There should be
some easy way to ask users for this information. If it's not in gs-m, then
something else should provide it.
> rather then open g-s-m and leave it up. Does the File systems tab do
> anything but give you a less detailed output of the cli command "df"?
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