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Understanding what runs on your Linux system (and why)

Linux systems have a lot of processes running by default. Let's dive into how programs are started and how you can see all details of each running process.

Summary of Understanding what runs on your Linux system (and why)

Linux processes and daemons Each Linux system has a bunch of processes running. Most of these processes might be familiar to you if you regularly use a command like ps or top to display them. Processes may look like just an item in a list. They are actually complicated pieces of code that are tamed by a memory manager. To truly understand how your system is running, knowledge of process (or memory) management is of great help.

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