Keeping Linux Clean

One of the great things about Linux is how stable it is over time. The biggest challenge with Linux is getting it installed, finding and configuring the software you need to get stuff done. Once you get that accomplished, it pretty much just runs. There’s not much in the way of system maintenance you have to worry about. Windows, on the other hand, is what I call a “dirty” system,in that it generates lots and lots of extra data that it leaves on the hard drive as it runs. It’s notorious for slowing down over time, as this data piles up and Windows users either have to install software to clean all of this trash out or reload the system periodically to keep that freshly booted up feeling. There’s actually a whole industry devoted to selling “cleaners” for Windows., Some of these programs are really just malware in disguise but many are quite useful. Of course, the problem is figuring out which is which.

If you use Linux then you’re probably saying to yourself how glad you are that you don’t have to deal with such nonsense, but don’t speak too soon. While Linux isn’t nearly as dirty as Windows, it does benefit from a little dusting and cleaning every once in a while. Linux also generates data as it runs in the form of logs, caches, and temporary files. This extra data doesn’t usually affect system performance. The main reason anyone would want to clear this stuff out is to reclaim hard drive space. If you’re running SSDs, that might be something you care about since solid state drives tend to be smaller than what we’ve become accustomed to and we have to keep a close eye on the space we’re taking up until the price for large capacity SSDs comes down a bit. Let’s go through a few things you can do to tidy up your Linux box. (Read the rest at Freedom Penguin)