hardinfo - an App for Performing CPU Benchmarking and Displaying Hardware Information in GNU/Linux!

In GNU/Linux world, unlike with MS Windows, gathering advanced information about your installed hardware may not always be an easy task. This is still true in never versions of Ubuntu such as the 11.04 Natty Narwhal for instance.

But thankfully there are small yet powerful applications that can be used to perform system benchmarks and gathering hardware information in GNU/Linux (talking about GUI tools here) nonetheless. Among many, "hardinfo" is such a tool.

It's a very small application (about 375Kb of size!) but lets you see through you hardware  ;-) and gives advanced info such as ...

*. Processor, RAM, Hard disks, VGA card (including advanced GPU related information, etc) and other various Motherboard related "stuff".

Man, after that "expose", I feel naked! :P...
*. Operating system version and various other related info (uptime, boot time, computer name, default desktop, etc).

*. OpenGL render version and various related information.

*. Mounted file systems.

*. Users of the system.

*. PCI cards.

*. USB devices.

*. Motherboard sensor related information

*. Battery related info.

*. Network - Interfaces, IP connections, routing tables, etc.

*. 6 Types of CPU related benchmarks, using encrypting/decrypting mechanisms (Blowfish, CryptoHash, etc) ... are just a few to mention.

One annoying thing though, as soon as you click on one of the CPU benchmarks, "hardinfo" just launches the benchmark without a prompt!. So make sure to leave the PC/Laptop alone and close any running application while you're doing that ...

After doing all the tests and gathering the hardware information you can save the data into a HTML file for permanent access as well.

You can install hardinfo in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by entering the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install hardinfo

You can also install hardinfo in Fedora core 15 (or below versions) easily via yum by using the below command instead of the above one.
sudo yum install hardinfo
That's it mates, enjoy!.

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