I have a question about preload. Is this safe to run? Will using it mean that there is a vulnerability that can be exploited? Coming from the Windows background makes one hyper sensitive
This is the description for preload in synaptic:
adaptive readahead daemon
preload monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this
data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those
binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times.
Note that installing preload will not make your system boot faster
and that preload is a daemon that runs with root priviledges.