This is a series that offers a gentle introduction to Linux for newcomers.
Like any operating system, Ubuntu can misbehave and the unexpected happens. Fortunately, most system issues experienced are easily rectified with a dose of knowledge, experience and common sense.
Sometimes issues are caused as a result of neglecting system maintenance. For example, you may run out of hard drive space, or your system becomes clogged up with unnecessary processes. Let’s look at the main ways you can keep your system running in tip-top condition.
As we recommend in Part 5 of this guide, it’s essential you make regular file backups and test they actually work. You data is precious. Make sure you don’t lose it. Before performing system maintenance, we strongly recommend you check your file backups work.
Part 5 of this guide also introduced you to BleachBit (reviewed in this article), an extremely useful open source utility that deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove junk. It removes cache, internet history, temporary files, cookies, and broken shortcuts.
There’s another great open source tool that’s very useful in helping keep your Ubuntu system running smoothly. It’s called Stacer (reviewed in this article). This utility has useful system cleaning functionality letting you purge package caches, crash reports, applications logs, application caches, and trash.
It can be surprising how much hard disk space caches can consume. For example, on a system we’ve been using for about 3 months, the application caches alone are already consuming over 2GB of space. Spacer lets you reclaim a substantial amount of storage space from its simple to use graphical interface.
Neither BleachBit nor Stacer are installed with a fresh installation of Ubuntu. But that’s easy to rectify with the command:
$ sudo apt install bleachbit stacer
Alternatively you can install both programs with the Ubuntu Software app.
All articles in this series:
|Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux|
|Part 1||What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?|
|Part 2||Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.|
|Part 3||Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.|
|Part 4||We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.|
|Part 5||Things to do after installing Ubuntu.|
|Part 6||Navigating your way around the Desktop.|
|Part 7||Updating the system, install new software.|
|Part 8||Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.|
|Part 9||Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.|
|Part 10||We cover the basics of files and permissions.|
|Part 11||Getting help from your system.|
|Part 12||Learn all about the file system.|
|Part 13||Manipulating files from the shell.|
|Part 14||Maintain your system with these simple tips.|
|Part 15||Managing users on your system.|
|Part 16||Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.|
|Part 17||Gaming on Linux.|
|Part 18||Protect your privacy with this guide.|
|Part 19||Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.|
|Part 20||Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.|
|Part 21||Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.|