Just about every screenshot of htop looks something like this.
I don’t mean that’s a bad thing. But don’t forget that it can do this, too.
I remember playing with this a few years ago, and then conveniently forgetting about it until earlier this week when I was reminded that I had mistaken displayed threads for processes. In spite of that embarrassment, rediscovering the display settings was rather like finding money in the pocket of a coat I hadn’t worn since last winter.
All of those options are available through the setup menu and are fairly easy to locate and adjust. There are five or six color schemes, a dozen meters to display with two or three display styles apiece. There’s even the option to display threads as well as processes … Okay, I’ll quit beating myself up over that.
Personally, I find a combination of meters to be preferable. For example, a CPU graph with a CPU bar underneath it looks good to me. And the uptime clock just has to be in giant LEDs. It’s just natural.
But play with that to suit your own tastes. There’s not much in the way of a “conky for the console,” but two or three of those displays crammed into a sliver of a screen setup … could be rather interesting.