I have been a Linux user since 2009. The first command I run after booting my laptop each day is sudo dnf update -y. It’s like having OCD now. More often than not, I am not even aware of what the various packages I see in the output of this command are responsible for. Lately, I have been intrigued to learn more about them, understand what they’re doing or which software’s dependency they were pulled in as, and maybe uninstall the ones I don’t need.

There are a ton of packages installed on each Linux system. Literally:

$ rpm -qa | wc -l

Through this series, I hope to learn things I knew didn’t know, and also things I didn’t know I didn’t know. It’s not a typo, rather one of my favourite quotes:

You don’t know what you don’t know.