Linux News Today: BleachBit 1.10 Open Source System Cleaner Has Linux, Windows 10 and Firefox Improvements
A new major release of the popular BleachBit open source system cleaner software used by numerous Linux and Windows users to keep their computers clean from junk at all times has been recently made available for download.
BleachBit 1.10 is a massive release that brings improvements to Microsoft’s new Window 10 operating system, as well as to the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. Looking at the changelog (attached at the end of the article for reference), we can notice features like support for clean passwords on Mozilla Firefox 32.0 or later, and support for cleaning Google Chrome cookies on profiles that are not enabled by default.
Moreover, it is now possible to clean automatically filled forms on Google Chrome, but users are being informed that Google might restore some of them if you don’t disable the “Show addresses and credit cards from Google Payments” option in the Settings. BleachBit 1.10 also ships with a new size column to the side tree control, a new option that displays the size of files as IEC units (1 KiB = 1024 bytes) instead of SI units (1 kB = 1000 bytes).
The identification of files that use regular expressions is now a lot faster, relative paths are now allowed with the –shred command, and a description has been added for cleaners. The logging of errors has been greatly improved, HTTPS is now used for primary download mirrors, a warning has been implemented when attempting to delete Firefox passwords, the Preference dialog can now be resized correctly, and the update fail error message is now more user-friendly.
Linux- and Windows-specific changes
For GNU/Linux users, BleachBit 1.10 includes support for cleaning even more localizations, the availability of an RPM binary package for the Fedora 22 operating system, better memory cleaning on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) and other Linux OSes, support for not deleting KDE’s xauth file, and support for localization codes. Additionally, the Mandriva distribution is no longer supported, and the Windows Explorer cleaner will no longer be displayed on the Linux version.
For Windows users, BleachBit 1.10 displays “User Access Control” on Windows 10, which means that you can run the software with administrative rights. Moreover, it uses the NSIS 2.50 installer, better cleans MRU for Adobe Reader 5 to 11, adds better support for Microsoft Office Starter 2010, adds a new shortcut for starting the app without administrative privileges, and avoids two annoying pop-up error messages.