it is pretty usefull, to see, what programs are running, what program uses how much CPU/RAM/DISK and the overall ressource use of the system.

mate-system-monitor does exactly that, and looks pretty while doing it 😀

how to install;

# tested on Debian11
su - root
apt update
apt install mate-system-monitor
# if the desktop the user is using is NOT gnome2 MATE
# thats not a problem, it will still install
# but will have to install way more dependencies

apt show mate-system-monitor
Package: mate-system-monitor
Version: 1.24.1-1
Priority: optional
Section: x11
Maintainer: Debian+Ubuntu MATE Packaging Team <>
Installed-Size: 397 kB
Depends: mate-system-monitor-common (>= 1.24.1-1), libc6 (>= 2.29), libcairo-gobject2 (>= 1.10.0), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libgcc-s1 (>= 3.0), libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.45.3), libglibmm-2.4-1v5 (>= 2.64.2), libgtk-3-0 (>= 3.21.5), libgtkmm-3.0-1v5 (>= 3.24.0), libgtop-2.0-11 (>= 2.37.90), libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libpangocairo-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), librsvg2-2 (>= 2.14.4), libsigc++-2.0-0v5 (>= 2.2.0), libstdc++6 (>= 5.2), libsystemd0, libwnck-3-0 (>= 2.91.6), libxml2 (>= 2.7.4)
Recommends: gvfs
Tag: uitoolkit::gtk
Download-Size: 118 kB
APT-Manual-Installed: no
Description: Process viewer and system resource monitor for MATE
 MATE system monitor allows you to graphically view and manipulate the running
 processes on your system.  It also provides an overview of available
 resources such as CPU and memory.



System Monitor is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

System Monitor is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with System Monitor; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA

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