Monday, December 06, 2010

Brainstorm Idea #25877: GNOME System Monitor lacks in-depth information

One of the popular Ubuntu Brainstorm ideas is to improve GNOME System Monitor.  This has been reported to the upstream project, and the project developers agree with the concept.

There is a proposed design: (no attribution as it's not clear who made this)

How can you get involved?

If you have some coding skills, then consider making a patch to fix this!  This is a well-defined feature request, and should be relatively easy to get to work.  Here's how:
  1. Comment on the bug that you are interested in working on this.  Ideally the GNOME System Monitor developers will be able to help you, but I am also watching the bug and willing to help out.
  2. Get the dependencies required to build the GNOME System Monitor.  On Ubuntu this is as easy as: sudo apt-get build-dep gnome-system-monitor.
  3. Check out the upstream: git clone git://
  4. Build and test it: ./ --prefix=`pwd`/install ; make ; make install ; ./install/bin/gnome-system-monitor.
  5. Make some changes and repeat from step 4 until everything works.
  6.  When you are done, do a git commit -a; git format-patch origin and attach the patch to the bug report.
Happy coding!


Unknown said...

I just visited for the first time.

This site has 19672 ideas, 1 of which was implemented during the past 3 development cycles and none of which is currently being worked on. Is there anything but wishful thinking going on there?

Juanjo Marín said...

Thanks for transmiting the feedback from Ubuntu to upstream GNOME

enaut said...

I like the way you present this fairly easy task since this makes it very easy for beginners to get involved.

As for Brainstorm its a platform to get ideas and I'm sure there it had more results than just one thing. But the administration is quite hard! and as far as I know they simply have a huge lack of admins.


Anonymous said...

Yes.. looks like it's a dump for ideas that no one cares about, except statistics of course..

Anonymous said...

Isn't most of that stuff already available by way of Edit->Preferences->Processes(tab) Information Fields ?

Nobu said...

Darn, almost had a patch in, but someone posted a patch that was just about the same just before I could. XD

I guess it's just as well, though, since I don't really know what I'm doing.

jorge said...

No, it's just people not marking enough ideas as implemented or in progress.

Cheesehead said...

Brainstorm does have a lot of silly stuff, and a lot of wishful fire-and-forget feedback that's not really useful. also has a lot of interesting concepts that the author simply need some mentoring on. It's also (unintentionally) a mechanism for feedback from users.

If we can get more moderators and mentors for reporting bugs, creating patches, etc. we may actually have a kickin' community there.