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Informed references to useless software always brings a smile. So please post your favorites: such as 'idiotware'
Just for fun :)
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I'm surprised you haven't gotten any hits!

These aren't useless, but they are "crapware":
- pulseaudio and alsa
- linux (freedesktop.org) implementation of "mime"
- having > 700 files under /usr/share/fonts
- "libthai0" required for dozens of normal and essential things that have nothing at all to do with the Thai language
- all (the popular and recommended!) linux video editing programs
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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Re: Crapware

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Well, I saw the post and had to resist the urge to throw out bleachbit.
But that is my opinion...utterly useless.

And I make no apologies for it!

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Funny crap:

In the terminal:

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apt-get moo
... and another one for in the terminal:

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telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
:mrgreen:
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Re: Crapware

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Since I am still fairly new to Linux, I only have a couple from the Darkside:

Microsoft Slimcleaner (Sounds a lot like Bleachbit) and destroyed a client's computer after restart after uninstall
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I started this thread during the wee hours of a restless night. I was reading a tech article somewhere
and it referred to 'bloatware' --a familiar term for oem installs.

There were/are dozens of such monikers : trialware adware spamware junkware etc.

I saw an A-Z list several years ago. There were some hilarious connotations (most of which
we would all identify with), but I don't recall most of them.

If you can think of some post them--but wear a halo--not horns.
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The Ubuntu implementation of Disks.

Horrible.

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Some more funny crap: What day is it today in the terminal?

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ddate
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Re: Crapware

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Windows? :D

I'll actually agree with Habitual about Bleachbit (CONFESSION--I occasionally use it.) If you don't know what you're doing, it's worse than useless.

And then, of course, there's this.

Pjotr: You just made me install ddate. :evil:
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Fred Barclay wrote:Pjotr: You just made me install ddate. :evil:
I've got another one for you:

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sudo apt-get install sl
.... afterwards, run "sl" in a terminal. :lol:
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Pjotr wrote:Some more funny crap: What day is it today in the terminal?

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ddate
Today is Setting Orange, the 61st day of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3181


Lol, thanks, something else to keep me amused in the wee hours! :-D

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My vote goes to.... Brasero. It's the first program to go after a clean install. I settled for K3B instead.
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Fred Barclay wrote:Windows? :D
I was sure, someone would list it :lol:
Fred Barclay wrote:I'll actually agree with Habitual about Bleachbit
I do agree so much!
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.

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Re: Crapware

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Habitual wrote:Well, I saw the post and had to resist the urge to throw out bleachbit.
But that is my opinion...utterly useless.

And I make no apologies for it!
What's up with Bleachbit? It's the perfect tool to vacuum Firefox and Chrome as well as cleaning up old files from apps.

But you have to know what you are doing, as with any PC optimization and cleaning software.

It's very useful to me. :)
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Tar_Ni wrote: But you have to kow what you are doing...
***off-topic:
That's the problem. Most people don't--I certainly didn't when I started Linux a year ago. :D Even now (yes, I sometimes use it), I keep a tight eye on it. One wrong tick mark and you can damage a lot!

Actually, I just ran it a few minutes ago and cleaned out my thumbnail cache. When I started Nemo back up, it reported that there was a problem with my thumbnail cache that required admin privileges to fix. Also, LibreOffice crashed with a document I was writing, taking my last 10 minutes of saved work with it. :(
***back on-topic (Sorry all41).
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Re: Crapware

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Fred Barclay wrote: ***off-topic:
That's the problem. Most people don't--I certainly didn't when I started Linux a year ago. :D Even now (yes, I sometimes use it), I keep a tight eye on it. One wrong tick mark and you can damage a lot!

Actually, I just ran it a few minutes ago and cleaned out my thumbnail cache. When I started Nemo back up, it reported that there was a problem with my thumbnail cache that required admin privileges to fix. Also, LibreOffice crashed with a document I was writing, taking my last 10 minutes of saved work with it. :(
***back on-topic (Sorry all41).
Linux beginners should definitly not use it as root!

BleachBit is the only tool on Linux that can easily remove LSO and Zombie cookies from both Gecko and Chromium browsers. People are often surprised to hear that the browser itself cannot delete everything. Some websites plant persistant tracking cookies on our computers. This is where BleachBit comes in to protect my privacy..

How can the above poster says it is ''utterly useless'' is beyond me.

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Tar_Ni wrote:BleachBit is the only tool on Linux that can easily remove LSO and Zombie cookies from both Gecko and Chromium browsers.
You don't need Bleachbit for that:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/docum ... ger03.html
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Tar_Ni wrote:What's up with Bleachbit? It's the perfect tool to vacuum
... the system. Users, who had to install their system anew afterwards learned it the hard way.

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Re: Crapware

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The controversy regarding bleachbit actually inspired me to try this out to see if all the bashing was justified.
IIRC this was shortly after the release of Petra. I did not rtfm and I suspect many others follow this path as well.
Trustingly I turned it loose---and not only 'vacuumed' my os but hosed it as well.

You would think "Once bitten--twice shy"--but curiously not, after reading subsequent forum discussions of staunch bleachbit supporters-- I tried it again, but only in the scan mode--and then with much scrutiny those files that were no longer needed were manually deleted.

My now-thinking: cleaning apps are carry-over habits to be abandoned
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Re: Crapware

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Leaping to the top of my Crapware list is iTunes and the iOS Music app, and I am not particularly fond of the non-essential iJunk that gets installed to my phone with each update.

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