Modern computers and operating systems are complicated. Add in a bunch of running applications, virtual machines, storage devices, networks and who knows what else … you’re want to find out what else. Glances does this better than any other tool I’ve seen.

It tracks various system parameters such as:

  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Load
  • Process list
  • Networks
  • Disk traffic
  • Various Sensors
  • Basic System info
  • Uptime

and displays it in an easy-to-digest way. Add in cross-platform compatibility (Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, OS X) a RESTful JSON API and even a Web UI, and it’s a tool that helps you monitor not only your workstations, but even remote servers.

How I use it

I usually keep at least one Glances window open on my desktop to keep an eye on how much memory is being used, and disk space. It can be a bit of a challenge to install on some systems, but it’s totally worth it if you want a way to see what your computer is doing that goes well beyond built-in tools.

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