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Old 06-28-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
cooljed
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your thoughts regarding background services


This is not a critical question.... I'm just looking for your thoughts on background services which newbies such as myself can use as a guide when researching these services in more detail.

With numerous background services available, I was curious which ones you feel are:

1. necessary: required for security, stability, usability, etc...
2. optional: may enhance performance or provide any other benefit.
3. should not be enabled: memory hogs, decreases performance, etc...
4. services not listed, but will enhance the system if added.
5. services not listed that should be avoided at all cost.

Below is a list of services currently enabled or disabled by default on my system which can be used as a reference point since all newbies may or may not have a similar setup depending on options chosen during the install process.

NetworkManager-----------------disabled
NetworkManagerDispatcher-------disabled
acpid--------------------------enabled
anacron------------------------enabled
atd----------------------------enabled
autofs-------------------------enabled
avahi-daemon-------------------enabled
avahi-dnsconfd-----------------disabled
cpuspeed-----------------------enabled
crond--------------------------enabled
cups---------------------------enabled
cups-config-daemon-------------enabled
dhcbdb-------------------------disabled
diskdump-----------------------disabled
firstboot----------------------enabled
gpm----------------------------enabled
haldaemon----------------------enabled
hidd---------------------------enabled
hplip--------------------------enabled
httpd--------------------------disabled
iptables-----------------------enabled
irda---------------------------disabled
irqbalance---------------------enabled
kudzu--------------------------enabled
lirc---------------------------disabled
lisa---------------------------disabled
lm_sensors---------------------enabled
mdmonitor----------------------enabled
mdmpd--------------------------enabled
mdmpd--------------------------disabled
messagebus---------------------enabled
named--------------------------disabled
netdump------------------------disabled
netfs--------------------------enabled
netplugd-----------------------disabled
network------------------------enabled
nfs----------------------------disabled
nscd---------------------------disabled
ntpd---------------------------disabled
portmap------------------------enabled
psacct-------------------------disabled
rdisc--------------------------disabled
readahead----------------------enabled
readahead_early----------------enabled
rpcgssd------------------------enabled
rpcidmapd----------------------enabled
rpcsvcgssd---------------------disabled
saslauthd----------------------disabled
sendmail-----------------------enabled
smard--------------------------enabled
spamassassin-------------------disabled
sshd---------------------------enabled
syslog-------------------------enabled
vncserver----------------------disabled
winbind------------------------disabled
wpa_supplicant-----------------disabled
ypbind-------------------------disabled

Thanks abunch,
Jed
 
Old 06-28-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
ethics
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at a brief look i dont think you need:

Cups (unless you are printing)
Kudzu (fro mmy understanding, it detects NEW hardware to the system, so unless your HW changes often, i wouldnt bother)
sendmail (need an smtp server?)

I dont know what alot of them do, but hope my input helps
 
  


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