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Is there anything I need to know about security like antimalware, Firefox setup, firewalls and such?

 

Also tips on keeping system clean and efficient welcome.

 

Mark

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Linux is clean and effective by design, it just does not require the constant battle that windows offers it's users.

http://en.opensuse.org/Documentation

Here is one for your bookmarks and from there see Security & Backup towards bottom of this page.

http://en.opensuse.org/HOWTOs

Security is a more complex issue in linux for the simple reason there are so many excellent tools and methods to lock your system down. I would take it easy and configure firewall to your preference , be sure to check and install security and recommended updates (YOU), choose strong passwords, take a look at this and you'll see why I'm going to stop now.

http://www.linuxtopia.org/LinuxSecurity/index.html

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It is 10 times more secure out of the box then windows is with 20 background programs trying to plug the numerous holes.

 

Maintenance? Not much to do except keep updated on security patches.

 

Other then that just use your computer, play with it and have fun.

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defragging is not necessary, the file system maintains itself. As for junk files, the only "junk" files would be the ones you create. Linux doesnt hose the file system and litter it with junk the way Windows does. There are some applications you can use to see where you may be housing large files you're unaware of, but they are typically your own data in the /home/user folder. Check out Filelight http://www.methylblue.com/filelight/

 

Its probably in the Suse repositories.

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keep all your files in their correct folders, maintain proper organization skills.

 

 

as for applications you install, use the add and remove feature in yast.

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What about junk files and defragging?

 

Mark

 

Defreggning? Now there's a blast from the past...

 

If you'er using Ubuntu (which I though you said you were, could be wrong), you will accumulate quite a bit of "junk" in the "apt cache" folder. When you install packages, it will cache a lot of the installation files there, which can be safely removed. Last week, I emptied that folder because it had accumulated about 2 gigs of data since this install of Ubuntu (over 6 months ago). That might be larger than normal, since it did include several games and such.

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I wouldn't worry about the files in apt cache unless you see the folder getting over a few hundred MB... unless you are really hurting for the HDD space

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