Monitoring the System

The best tool for administering your Ubuntu workstation is the System Monitor. Start the System Monitor by selecting System O Administration O System Monitor from the Panel menu. The System Monitor tool provides information about how the system hardware and software are working.

There are four window tabs of information in the System Monitor:

♦ System: Displays general information about the Ubuntu workstation.

♦ Processes: Shows real-time information about programs currently running on the system.

♦ Resources: Shows real-time information about CPU and memory usage.

♦ File Systems: Shows information about the hard drives that are mounted on the system.

Of course, just having a bunch of information thrown at you doesn't help at all. For that information to be useful, you need to know what it means. The following sections help you interpret the various pieces of information contained in the System Monitor.

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