System optimizer apps are quite the thing on platforms such as Windows and Android. Their usefulness, however, is debatable considering how notorious they are when it comes to using system resources.
On the Linux platform, however, we can almost always find the applications, a developer puts their time in developing to be mostly useful.
Stacer is one such app created to better optimized your Linux PC in the sense that it packs quite the list of features you’d normally expect from an optimizer and more to give your system a refresh whenever you feel the need.
The functionalities Stacer packs include real-time system resource monitor, the ability to clear app caches, start-up monitor, ability to start/stop system services, and even uninstall applications.
This app basically packs the features of Bleachbit and System monitor in one package with a much simpler user interface for a more fluid experience with the added advantage of being light on system resources considering that it was built using the Electron framework and yes, it’s open-source.
While the developer of the app claims it was built specifically for Ubuntu, you should be able to run it just fine on just about any other Debian-based* platform.
Stacer looks very polished and pleasing to the eyes. The dashboard is the first thing you see the first time you launch the app with details on your current system resource usage as well as network upload and download speeds.
There are five tabs that are well spaced-out that will help you navigate through the rest of the functions of the application.
Stacer adapts nicely to your preconfigured system in terms of the looks, so that its look is uniform with the rest of your system.
I’ve simply replaced Bleachbit and the system monitor app on my Ubuntu 16.04 system with Stacer and you probably should do.
Install Stacer in Linux Systems
First download the latest release for Ubuntu 32-bit and 64-bit from the Stacer Github release page.
--------------- On Ubuntu 64-bit --------------- $ wget https://github.com/oguzhaninan/Stacer/releases/download/v1.0.4/Stacer_1.0.4_amd64.deb $ sudo dpkg --install Stacer_1.0.4_amd64.deb $ Stacer
--------------- On Ubuntu 32-bit --------------- $ wget https://github.com/oguzhaninan/Stacer/releases/download/v1.0.4/Stacer_1.0.4_i386.deb $ sudo dpkg --install Stacer_1.0.4_i386.deb $ Stacer
On other Linux distribution, you can install manually as shown:
# git clone https://github.com/oguzhaninan/Stacer.git # cd Stacer # npm install && npm start
That’s it! share your experience with the app in the comments below after you might have tried it!
4 thoughts on “Stacer – The Linux System Optimizer You’ve Been Waiting For”
Does anyone know how to set the APT repository manager back to default my son got in there and switched everything to green. It use to be red green red etc now im not getting any updates from Ubuntu. Thanks
No thanks. I guess you could call me a “purist” in that I don’t want anything resembling the stuff that Windows uses on my boxes. I prefer to remove applications through the terminal with the proper commands. Don’t need some OTHER application doing that for me. And the best part is, I know what I’m removing, and whats installed already because I installed it or removed it soon after installation of the OS.
I find it disheartening that so many things in the open source world are trying to “copy” Windows. If anything it should be the other way around….matter of fact, Windows is definitely trying to mimic Linux (Windows 10 has “gasp”!…MULTIPLE DESKTOPS!?……Linux had that when?….around 1999/2000!????). And while I realize that not everyone who installs Linux wants to learn command line syntax, I think it makes better sense to learn as much about the things you’re going to use as you can. I never aspired to be a mechanic, but I know my way around a 6-cylider engine. I don’t ever recall wanting to be a chef, but I can make Duck L’Orange and make people think I’ve been doing it for years. I entered the IT field and immediately started to read…EVERYTHING!….I’m STILL in the process of learning even though I’m the young age of 45! There’s no excuse for laziness, not even when it comes to computers and technology, but certain groups of people would have you believe that if you’re learning how to control your PC through the Terminal and command line you’re “overdoing it”…or you’re just wasting time. Well had it not been for people who were interested in overdoing it?…there would BE no Microsoft…or Apple…or Android! Sometimes I think there’s a plot to dumb-down society to the level of apes. Sad.
> being light on system resources considering that it was built using the Electron framework
Uh, what? Electron is the opposite of being light on system resources… Using any native GUI framework would use a fraction of the memory. Using no GUI framework at all and just being a console app so it can be used on non-desktops as well would use even far less memory, even just using ncurses would likely be less than a meg and would be fully portable where the current version would entirely not be. Can the current one run without a GUI? Does it eat over a hundred mega in ram because electron is way heavy? Does it run on armv7 or anything else?
Yeah, you’re right about it not being the lightest but it was using around 70MB consistently on my PC, and considering the amount of features it packs, it’s not exactly a bad feat..