Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to install system load indicator / monitor to Elementary OS 0.4 Loki

Elementary OS 0.4 codenamed Loki is a Linux distribution worthy of much praise. It is lightweight, stable and based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, meaning the repositories would host of a lot of updated packages. However, the GUI of Elemantary OS, Pantheon Desktop Environment, does not have a system monitor included. You can install Gnome system monitor, but it doesn't look good on the Pantheon user interface.

A simple way is to install, the system load indicator called indicator-multiload which is lightweight and meets most of the requirements of a system monitor. Most importantly It blends well with the Pantheon wing panel on the top of the desktop. To install it we need to add the PPA (Personal Package Archive) called indicator-multiload.

For ease of use, just follow the commands below.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt install indicator-multiload