27 May 2013

Easy way to remove Deja-dup in Ubuntu 13.04

Even if Ubuntu adds Deja-dup backup software in default install with good intentions, I beg to differ.

Ubuntu should realise that not everybody will need this backup solution and should give an option to select/disable this service during installtion or soon after installation during first boot.

To begin with it doesn't even load reliably everytime I start/restart the computer.

Soon after booting the PC, sometimes it shows up in System Monitor and some times it does not!

Even in those instances it doesn't show up immediately after booting, it decides to make a delayed appearance in System Monitor after a good 20,30 minutes.

It unnecessarily sits there and sucks up processor time, memory and affects agility of system.

If you dare to calculate the unnecessary use PC resources due to deja-dup in millions of PCs all over the world, cloud deployments, etc, it would amount to staggering wastage which is definitely avoidable.

Being loaded in memory all times, I think it also slows down my shutdown times.

So removing it surely will improve boot and shutdown times.

Since I backup all my important files in Google drive or Pendrive I really dont have any need for this monitor.

First let us see the details.

You can launch System Monitor and select the Deja-dup Monitor entry in Processes tab.

And then right click on the entry to get this context menu.

Note: In previous versions of Ubuntu just right clicking will select the Deja-dup Monitor entry and open the context menu here.

But in Ubuntu 13.04 you have to first select the entry and then right click to get the appropriate context menu.

Next select the Properties option. This action will open up Process Properties window with almost all relavant details.

Let us see how to remove it from Terminal (Commandline) here.

Launch Terminal and type or copy paste the command.

sudo apt-get remove deja-dup

It will ask for password.

After you type password this output will come in terminal.

As you can see in this screenshot this command removes deja-dup and its dependencies like

1. deja-dup-backend-gvfs,

2. deja-dup-backend-ubuntuone also.

Type y and proceed. It will lead to the following output.

As you can see it will reclaim some 3 MB of hard disk space.

Surprisingly it will not kill the Deja-dup service. To finish out job let us do that also.

Run this command from terminal.

sudo killall -9 deja-dup-monitor

It will immediately kill the Deja-dup-Monitor service and reclaim some memory back.

Or you can leave it as it is and on next boot the removal job will be completed.

You are advised to refer

How to remove Deja-dup backup software? And why?

for other details/screenshots left out of this writeup.

Vikrambuzz continues its relentless fight against bloatware in Ubuntu with your support.

06 October 2012

Assorted Tech News Quiz

Please press page down key for answers!

1. What is the name of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) incubator project which has recently graduated to Top Level Project (TLP).

(Hint: It is a Open Source software framework used for executing and managing small to large-scale applications and workflows across local resources, computational grids, and the Cloud.)

2. Microsoft has just now acquired a company which specialises in Phone-based multi-factor authentication solutions. What is its name?

3. Google has open-sourced a general-purpose software architecture, which allows exploration of the possibilities of reranking on different datasets. What it is called?

4. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently added a relational database service for one year in Free usage tier. Name it.

5. Joomla!, a popular open source Content Management Software (CMS) has added built-in driver support for one more relational database backend in its verion 3.0 release. Name the database.

6. What is the code name of Ubuntu 12.10, due in October 2012?

7. OpenStack is an Open source software for building private and public clouds. What is the code name of its September 2012 release?

8. OpenStack's next release due on March 2013 is codenamed as..

9. What is the name of OpenStack component to provide “block storage as a service”.?

10. What is the name of OpenStack component that provides "network connectivity as a service"?


30 September 2012

How to remove Ubuntu Zeitgeist? and Why?

Ubuntu Zeitgeist Privacy Applet in System Settings

Note: With all my due apologies to Zeitgeist developers.

Zeitgeist program logs our use of files and programs in Ubuntu.

Zeitgeist is installed as part of default Ubuntu install.

Unity Dash makes use of Zeitgeist.

In a default Ubuntu install, the system monitor shows 3 services related to zeitgeist running.

21 September 2012

How to remove Deja-dup backup software? And why?

Deja Dup Backup Icon in Ubuntu System Settings > System section

Note: With all due apologies to Deja-dup developers.

Once I install a new version of Ubuntu, these days I look forward to removing apps which do nothing but suck up processor power and memory.

First on that list is Deja Dup backup program.

I Normally backup my files in my pendrive and that is enough for me. So no need for dejadup at all.

Deja-Dup is a part of default Ubuntu install.