Stacer is an open source system optimizer and application monitor for users needing an easy way to manage systems with different aspects. It’s an all in one system utility featuring a responsive design. Originally the software required the Electron framework, but the current version is written in C++, and only needs curl and systemd.
While Stacer is designed for Ubuntu/Debian distributions, it also runs under other popular distributions. I tested the software under Ubuntu, Fedora and Manjaro.
The tabs that are displayed depend on the distribution at hand. In Ubuntu you’ll see all the tabs: Dashboard, Startup Apps, System Cleaner, Services, Processes, Uninstaller, Resources, APT Repository Manager, Gnome Settings, and Settings. But non-Ubuntu/Debian distributions like Manjaro or Fedora won’t see them all.
System administrators normally favor administering a Linux machine via the command line. However, if you have lots of desktops or servers to nurture, a GUI tool may be a time-saver.
Stacer welcomes the user with a modern window featuring a variety of tabs. I’ll take you through each of them. But before doing so, let’s cover installation.
There’s a few ways of installing the software in Ubuntu. One way is to add the project’s repository into /etc/apt/sources.list and then install the software using apt.
johnd@ganges:~$ sudo apt update
johnd@ganges:~$ sudo apt install stacer
Alternatively, the developer provides an AppImage. This is essentially a self-mounting disk image that contains the application and everything it needs to run on the system. It allows you to run the application without installing on the system; good for any distribution.
And there’s, of course, the source code available to download, compile, and install.
Let’s examine each of the tabs in turn.
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Intro
Page 2 – Dashboard
Page 3 – Startup Apps
Page 4 – System Cleaner
Page 5 – Services
Page 6 – Processes
Page 7 – Uninstaller
Page 8 – Resources
Page 9 – APT Repository Manager
Page 10 – Gnome Settings
Page 11 – Settings
Page 12 – Summary