Originally designed for use in demonstrations on Linux bash in an easy to understand way that could be used in screenshots and demos. In my experience I’ve found that it also makes it easier to review details of remotely administered and virtual machines or images when performing maintenance.
Neofetch shows Operating System, uptime, CPU, GPU, and memory information. While built for linux bash, it can also be installed on macOS and Windows machines.
Installation for Linux is as simple as:
sudo apt install neofetch
Sometimes, it is possible to improve the performance of Ubuntu on older hardware by modifying the disk swapping behavior.
Check your current setting:
To modify the behavior, just change the value and reboot. Most documentation recommends trying a value of 10.
sudo vi /etc/sysctl.conf
Add (or change):
# Decrease swappiness value (default:60)
The Canonical/Ubuntu Landscape service has been around for as long as I can remember using Ubuntu. A free trial period is enabled (re-enabled?) when a new installation occurs, that allows for a server administrator to see performance metrics and uptime information for any hardware that is running the client. After the trial ends, it is still a quick means of visually observing some key statistics in the terminal MOTD at login. I’d also noticed that it was still doing DNS lookups to “
landscape.canonical.com” on a regular basis, and while I did not look for it, I assume that some information was still being collected and reported upon.
As there are MANY other ways to get server performance information, I decided that it was time to be rid of landscape itself.
Removal is easy, as only one line is required… I chose to “purge” all references, though you can “remove” if you feel inclined to leave any configuration for possible later re-installation.
sudo apt-get purge landscape-client landscape-client-ui landscape-client-ui-install landscape-common
Argh…. yet again, this crappy product has another bug that developers must work around!
There’s a great quote I found while researching this…
Microsoft ‘chimes in’:
Tools to help: