Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ubuntu system monitor in the taskbar post-unity (Natty and Oneiric)

With the unity changes from Natty onward, the traditional Ubuntu gnome taskbar disappeared to be replaced by a set of application panel indicators. I was used to seeing my machine vitals (cpu, network, load etc.) displayed using system monitor in the taskbar. I was pleased to see that this can still be achieved by installing the 'indicator-multiload' package.

Depending on the version you have, the autostart might not work. If it doesn't, just:
mkdir ~/.config/autostart
and toggle the 'autostart' checkbox under preferences.

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