Bleach bitThe system cleaner (and more) for Linux and Windows has recently been updated to 2.3 beta with some major changes. The new version has been upgraded from GTK + 2 to GTK + 3, file scanning should be faster, and there is also a new dark mode and other changes.
BleachBit is a free and open source tool that cleans your computer to free up disk space and also has some privacy protection features. It can delete web caches, cookies, URL history, temporary files, and log files of popular web browsers (such as Firefox, Google Chrome / Chromium, Opera, Safari, etc.), and delete the caches of many popular applications, recently used Temporary files, delete unused localization (language) files, and more. The tool can also be used to shred files to prevent data recovery, and wipe free disk space to hide previously deleted files.
The application comes with a simple GTK interface with checkboxes to choose what you want to delete, but it also comes with a command line interface which is useful for automation and headless operations.The latest BleachBit 2.3 beta (which will lead to the 3.0 stable release) comes with an updated user interface that now uses GTK + 3. Under the hood, it will continue to use Python 2, which will expire on January 1, 2020. However, for the next release, the focus is on completing the transition to Python 3. With the transition to GTK + 3, BleachBit has also been updated. Using the title bar, there is also a new dark mode option. Bleachbit 2.3 beta also includes a major new feature: Coarse (choose Make Chaff from AppMenu). This allows BleachBit to create files to obfuscate digital forensics, making the application even better at protecting private data. The term comes from aviation, where “foil is a physical countermeasure that clutters the radar by making it look like there are other aircraft in the air, and foil protects the aircraft by misleading radar-guided missiles.” BleachBit documentation.
In addition to these changes, BleachBit 2.3 beta includes:
- Faster file scanning; this should be most noticeable during application launch, preview, deep scan, and deletion of many small files. The change log mentions a speed increase of about 50% on Ubuntu 19.04 and Windows 10 when performing a deep scan (using hot cache and no files were deleted).
- New option for debug logging (
--debugCommand line, and new GUI preferences for this)
- Added stop button to abort preview / cleaning process
- Now save the position, size, and state of the application window when BleachBit is closed, and restore on startup
- Improved many cleaners and updated cache paths for VLC and Thunderbird cleaners on Linux
- Various other improvements and bug fixes
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BleachBit 2.3 beta can be downloaded from the following website https://download.bleachbit.org/beta/2.3/ (You will find the source code or binaries of DEB and RPM-based Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu / Linux Mint, openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS, etc., and Windows binaries).
If you wish, you can download BleachBit Stable at: BleachBit download page. You may also find BleachBit in the official repositories of your Linux distribution. It is important to be careful when using BleachBit, especially when running as root, unless you know exactly what you are doing / selecting What option! I have read some reviews in the past, among which BleachBit broke the system for some users, although I have never encountered any problems personally.