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I know with windows, it likes to go nuts when you're idling, and I was just wondering if there was any sort of similar maintenance tasks that I should be concerned about with Ubuntu.

I know you don't have to worry about fragmentation with Linux (due to ext2/3), and I was just wondering if there was anything other common maintenance tasks that would be pointless for Ubuntu or Linux in general.

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Ubuntu, like other Linux systems, has a group of scheduled maintenance tasks that run automatically that maintain the system logs, temporary files, and other tasks. Most of these tasks are scheduled as cron jobs that run during anticipated period of low use (like during the overnight hours) but will also run if they have not been performed after a certain time period has elapsed.

File system checks are run on startup if a hard system shutdown was detected. From an end-user standpoint, there is little that you have to do other than performing periodic system updates that can be scheduled through Update Manager.

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