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Maintaining Mint?

Postby betaluva on Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:49 pm

this is probably a dumb question but what maintainence does linux mint need( i use my computers 7 days a week), i have a saturday morning ritual of running crap cleaner,then spybot S&D , then doing a full system scan with the antivirus,then i defrag my drives on my windows xp machine,i cant believe that i dont have to do the same thing with linux mint?
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Postby sonicbhoc on Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:55 pm

You don't have to do anything. Seriously. I would say "check for updates every once in a while," but Adept Updater does that for you.
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Postby carlos on Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:46 pm

Yep its hard to imagine that you don't have to do that, but now you can use the free time to spend with family or play a game or hell write a post about how great linux is :wink:
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Postby calumc on Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:02 pm

i was down at my friends house yesterday and he spent ages telling me how great tune up utilities is for doing all that stuff in windoze. i let him finish his rant and then just said ''why would i want to know about that?''
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Postby betaluva on Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:25 pm

''why would i want to know about that?'' lol! yeah i know that you dont need to do much maintainence on linux desktop machine but it just feels so weird, not even a defrag once per week? and i do use my sparetime to make as many posts as i can about the greatness of linux. :D
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Postby bigbearomaha on Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:34 pm

You might use that time instead for running a weekly backup.

much of the issues faced with defragging etc are removed by using a journaling filesystem like ext3 or ReiserFS. So you don't need to be as concerned with that as much anymore.

It's still a good idea to run an antivirus and firewall. Just because people are obsessed with cracking at MS doesn't mean it will always be that way. Linux will inevitably be victim one day. I think it's a good habit to keep to run AV and Firewall.

I like to spend a bit of time going through stored files to see if they are still needed, or if it's to be kpt, but not actively used, I will move it after a period of time to a remote storage location like 4shared or dropboks. this will free up some space and resources on your HD and allow you to keep those files handy. There are tools and scripts that can check and relocate files for you based on how often they are active.

maybe that's just me though.

Either way. Good computer habits are good computer habits, regardless of the OS.

If you reset passwords routinely, that time might be a good one to do that also.

Enjoy, If you are using Mint, you are using one of the best.

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Postby clem on Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:42 am

- Antivirus? You don't need that, virus threats are nearly inexistant in Linux. I never had to use any antivirus and I've run Linux since 1996 :)

- Syware? 90% of your software is open source .. so no spyware in there, and most of your proprietary software comes from the repositories, or some other trusted source. It happens now and then (for instance people are doubting about SKype and the reason why it would go and read Firefox passwords.... ) but it's never a big thing. The community itself is the best anti-spyware you could ever install :)

- Checkdisk? This is done every 30 times you boot your computer at boot time, it usually doesn't take to long.

- Defrag? No need, the ext3 filesystem is journalized.

- Security Upgrades? This is a very controversial subject, and with Celena disabling the update manager we're heading right towards big controversial talks. My advice? Don't take them... they fix security holes but also introduce bugs, I prefer stability to security. Especially with more than 2 releases a year... you don't really need that.

- Registry cleaning? There's no registry. I suppose you could clean Gnome's gconf registry now and then.. but again nobody does it.

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Postby scorp123 on Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:39 pm

calumc wrote:''why would i want to know about that?''
Excellent answer! :lol:
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Postby betaluva on Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:37 pm

@ clem&bigbearomaha: thanks guys, i have memorized your tips :D , as for stored files,i allways do a weekly audit of files/downlods for windows so i will adopt this policy for linux as well, any files that i need quick access to i upload to my collectors account at rapidshare.com or burn to dvd-rw.
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