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Left Windows and trying to learn Fedora 18

asked 2013-06-10 02:38:29 -0500

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updated 2013-06-10 07:05:14 -0500

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Sooo long story short... I was more then done with windows, which is all I have EVER known, and my Prolexic code master friend took over and installed Fedora 18 for my fiance and I. Love the look and so far I have had no problems. I'm struggling a bit with the terminal and installs, which I'm sure is normal for a newbie. My question(s) are do I need to install any sort of system tune up software? I had used ccleaner on windows and I have no idea if the same clean up needs to happen here. I notice my computer slows up a bit after a LONG day of work, yes I clean up my browser cache ect. Also we have used Gmail for quite a long time, my fiance actually met his 10G plan, and I HATE what they have done to "update" Gmail. I have been looking EVERYWHERE and all reviews are so contradicting I don't know what to look into. A little advice would be marvelous and much appreciated!! OH and should I move up to Fedora 19 or stay where I am? Thanks again!!


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Welcome to Fedora! There is no need of a tune up software for linux. I am not sure, if there are any available either! When u feel that ur system is running very slow, open a terminal and type "top" to see the list of processes running and you can kill if there are any unwanted processes running. You can upgrade to Fedora 19 if you want, once it is officially released!

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2013-06-10 02:52:26 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-06-10 19:03:15 -0500

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Congrats for finding the courage to leave Windows.

Thunderbird is a popular email client, like @sideburns mentioned. I use it for both my Comcast and MSN/Live accounts. It can be customized with add-ins, just like Firefox can.

Here are some links that might help:
Linux Basics
Fedora Linux Essentials

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answered 2013-06-10 16:43:59 -0500

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You might want to install bleachbit, from the standard repos. To do so, do this, as root:

yum install bleachbit

This is very similar to ccleaner, but will only tidy up the files and folders you own. The first time you run it, it will give you the option to download and install bleachbit for Administrator. Take it. This will ask for the root password when you run it, but will allow you to clean up system files and folders. Between the two, you can get rid of an astonishing amount of cruft. Don't bother, however, looking around for a defrag utility because Linux almost never needs it, and once you use one, you find yourself needing it more and more often. In the unlikely event that you do need to defrag, a complete backup, reformat and restore actually does a better job.

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Thank you very much!! It worked as it should and cleaned me up!! Might you have any other suggestions for newbie? Do you have an email client preference web or desktop? As I mentioned, Gmail is good but newest versions ect is not tickling my fancy lol! I appreciate it!

michellinejoy gravatar imagemichellinejoy ( 2013-06-10 17:59:49 -0500 )edit

If you don't like Gnome 3, try either KDE or Xfce. (There are others, but I think these are the two most popular, other than Gnome.) Although I use Gmail, I prefer to use Thunderbird for all my other email accounts because for the most part, I can make it work the way I want.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2013-06-10 18:36:29 -0500 )edit

Please don't be confused by @sideburns' reply. Gnome, KDE and XFCE refer to the desktop (the graphical part of Linux.)

ThomasMcA gravatar imageThomasMcA ( 2013-06-10 18:46:24 -0500 )edit

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