Some of the commands and things I have been playing around with lately in the terminal.
My laptop is really slow even with my Mint install so I am always trying to find a way to speed it up and better its performance as well as begin to understand and monitor its functions. I have a dual boot with WIN10 too, so it is beginning to bother me about my memory capacity and this laptop’s abilities going forward. I will eventually convert this machine to an exclusive Linux machine but I need to get some things in order before I zap the WIN10 that is taking up half of my 150G HD. I have had a few crashes when it just freezes up and have to hard start.
I therefore started using the Terminal to start seeing what is under the hood. I have learned some of the beginner commands and am beginning to use those to navigate through my system. These sites were helpful and had all of the information I was looking for.
- ~$ lscpu
- ~$ lshw
- ~$ lsblk
- ~$ df -H
- ~$ free -m
Learning about these commands and getting specific information about my laptop through the terminal without a bulky and tab laden window makes me feel like I am in control of my computer and can find the info I want without having to go through a file manger and open up a bunch of windows. In Linux Mint I can get some info through the system file manager and windows, but the time difference of opening up windows versus typing a four letter command is immeasurable. I guess that is what is very appealing to me. I am seeing more and more the benefits of a Linux operating system.
My favorite command to get my laptop info and processes so far is: ~$ top; I have seen htop, and have tried to run this but it has not worked. I believe I was not able to get to the root user. Anyway I will find out about that later. For now top is way cool enough for me. I get to change that baby’s colors, I have a bunch of info in real time switching on my screen, things are flashing, numbers changing; I mean I really feel like I am working for NASA and am a really cool techie dude. So much info. Hahaha I have no idea what almost any of it actually means, but it does give me an idea of my memory and laptop performance regardless of how not a cool NASA technie I am.
- ~$ top
I will be learning more about these system functions eventually, but for now just seeing them is good enough. I begin to understand my machine’s performance.
Now that I have seen it’s performance I want to be able to see this in real time while working.
That has lead me to Cinnamon Spices and Applets. I see some cool applets and desklets that will monitor my system’s performance. They can be installed via the included with Mint applet manager or via the web site. I had one on my system but it has had a problem as I have been really screwing around with my laptop. I did a Snapshot restore and some stuff got messed up. I will look into fixing this and I am sure they will work again. On the other hand I do not want these applets to slow down my laptop anymore than it is, I will have to look into that as well.
I have learned how to access my laptop’s system information and find out things I care about such as: memory space , my system’s hard disks and partitions, hardware and software etc. It seems unlimited the type of information I can get about my computer and once again relatively easy compared to a Windows environment.