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LavaPS is an interactive process-tracking program like "top", but with a much different attitude. Rather than presenting lots of specific info in digital form, it tries to present certain important information in a graphical analog form. The idea is that you can run it in the background and get a rough idea of what's happening to your system without devoting much concentration to the task. Lavaps was inspired the idea of calm computing from "The Coming Age of Calm Technology" by Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  15 Aug 2004 06:45

    Release Notes: In this version, there are no more warnings on startup, and there are manual page fixes. The Spanish translation was improved.

    •  07 Jun 2004 03:31

      Release Notes: This release is internationalized with gettext support, and localized for English, Spanish, and Russian.

      •  26 Sep 2003 16:43

        Release Notes: This release adds better detection of snprintf and other compile issues on SuSe Linux and with gcc-3.3.

        •  16 Jul 2003 15:31

          Release Notes: This release fixes an important ownership/installation bug in the 2.2 installation.

          •  16 Jul 2003 10:00

            Release Notes: Gtk is now used, although Tcl/Tk is still supported via a --with-tcltk configure option. The Gtk version now also displays a base on the lava lamp. The scan frequency can now be controlled from the How menu (jumpier/smoother), and the scaling factor is saved automatically.

            Recent comments

            10 Mar 2000 12:23 bneely

            Linuxcare review of LavaPS

            LavaPS is reviewed in Linuxcare's "App of the Week" column. Read the full review at



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