Feb 142009
 

Spindown, as the name suggests is a free opensource command line utility to spin down your disks when no data is read or written of it. This should help save the precious energy and give the disks a longer life. It works by checking the number of blocks read from and written to the disks. When no blocks are read or written to the disk then it is considered idle. When a disk stays idle long enough spindown uses sg_start SCSI scripts to spin the disk down. It also works with usb disks and hotswappable disks because it doesn’t watch the device name (hda, sdb, …), but uses device id.

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Jan 202009
 

GParted, GNOME Partition editor is a free opensource Partition Editor for Linux and can be used as a Live CD to boot a system and edit the Hard Disk partitions. GParted is an industrial-strength package for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the filesystems on them. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks and mirroring one partition with another (disk imaging).
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Jan 102009
 

Krsync is a simple GUI frontend for the famous rsync to synchronize files and directories between systems or even two different directories on the same server. Krsync is a Kommander based GUI for rsync. For those who are familiar with rysnc and its advanced options can find this GUI extremely handy as every other option is a click of a checkbox. The most appealing feature is that you can generate a shell script from the last run krsync backup which can be used in a CRON job and schedule it for regular file syncs.

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Nov 112008
 

Baobab is a C/gtk+ application to analyse disk usage in any Gnome environment. Baobab can easily scan either the whole filesystem tree, or a specific user-requested directory branch either on the local system or on a remote system. It also includes a complete file-search functionality and auto-detects in real-time any changes made to your home directory as far as any mounted/unmounted device. Baobab also provides a full graphical treemap window for each selected folder.

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Oct 032008
 

Bandwidth Monitor NG (bwm-ng) is a small and simple console-based live network and disk io bandwidth monitor for Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and others. There is no fancy GUI or interfaces simple console utility which installs and runs flawlessly showing live stats of your Network or Disk I/O stats.

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