Desktop System Monitor on Linux Mint 10 and OS X

Hello. My name is Ed and I’m a tech geek.

I thought I would get that confession out of the way first. Of course, those close to me already know that about me. This post will be evidence enough that I really am a tech geek. Desktop system monitoring is something that can be used as a badge to show off just how geeky you are but in all actuality, it can be very useful. Behold the badge of my geekiness with this screenshot of my MacBook OS X desktop using GeekTool.

MacBook desktop with custom text embedded with GeekTool

And more recently:

MacBook desktop with custom text embedded with GeekTool

As you can see there are some useful monitors on my desktop that gauge my memory, CPU and drive space. Just in the past few months since that last Tron Legacy screenshot I have also added a fan speed monitor of my MacBook. The calendar portion at the bottom, though, is not part of GeekTool and can be found here as a free download. The easiest way I have found to configure GeekTool is by installing Geeklets. Basically, they are preconfigured scripts to add to GeekTool to give you the monitors you see on those screenshots. Now as you see above I have a pretty basic desktop on my MacBook. There are some guys and gals out there that have done some AMAZING desktops as evident on this page. I especially like the comic book strips toward the middle; more so, the desktop monitor story as told by the Buffy comic. Look closely at the dialog.

Now over on the Linux side we have something called Conky. I had heard of the utility before but had never used it until today. The guys over at Web Upd8, the Ubuntu/Linux blog, posted a really cool article on Conky Lunatico Rings that someone created over at I followed the instructions posted on Web Upd8 and configured my own version with a green color scheme instead of the orange using Andrew’s ‘no wireless’ tweak found in the post and posted a brief video to display my desktop.

The video quality isn’t so great, I know, so I apologize. Here is a closer screenshot to get a better view.

Conky Lunatico Rings using Conky on Linux Mint 10

Other than the color, I was also able to change the position as the default was more toward the middle of my display and I changed the disk monitor from used space to free space.

For Windows users out there you are probably wondering if there is anything like this for you, and there is. I’ve not used them so I’m not too familiar with them but go check out Rainmeter and Samurize.

6 thoughts on “Desktop System Monitor on Linux Mint 10 and OS X

  1. ScottW June 23, 2011 / 12:58 pm

    Hello Ed! Think that’s how those sessions go anyway. Love this post. Found it on my Twitter stream and think it was RT’d by @Webupd8 if I’m not mistaken. In any case, I too am a tech geek of sorts and also like using Linux every chance I get. I’m currently using LM 11 as a dual-boot option on my Win7 box. I’ve been using Mint for a couple of years now and have used Conky before to show up my Mac-using daughter and son in law.

    I’m going to subscribe to your RSS feed & Twitter account too. Mine’s @wilsonsway. I’ll be interested in connecting with you.

    • j4ckl3 (@j4ckl3) May 18, 2014 / 9:49 am

      Years later still good. just got my first mac, so id like to see more on Geektools. In depth config and setup maybe.

  2. ed June 23, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for visiting and commenting.
    Following now.

  3. ScottW June 23, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    I may have spoken out of turn. Can’t for the life of me find your RSS feed link. I called myself looking but….

  4. ed June 24, 2011 / 4:19 am

    Wow. You’re right, it’s not on my site. I just installed a new theme a few months ago and never realized the RSS isn’t visible. Shows you how much traffic I get here.
    I’ll fix the RSS link now.

  5. ScottW June 26, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    Mine’s pretty much the same way. Not a whole lot of traffic. Guess I’m mostly to blame for not promoting it very much but seeing as I don’t post that often, well, it sort of worked out.

    Going to try the Desktop System Monitor on my LM 11 desktop. Hoping it will work as it’s a version newer. Guess I’ll find out. After that, will also try the ones for my Windows box.

    Thanks for fixing the RSS link too by the way. 😉

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