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:
- Process list
- Disk traffic
- Various Sensors
- Basic System info
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.