So this past weekend I had the (dis)pleasure of working on my parent's computer that is running another OS...we here at Bodhi do not distro/OS bash so I will not name said OS...
~*cough cough windoz 8.1*~...
...needless to say, this poor PC, though poor browsing habits had picked up a virus...well, 10 of them. Through some work, I was able to find out what had been blocking their anti-virus, remove their present firewall/anti-v, update with fresh, attack said viruses and remove them. I was able to clean out their browsers and start fresh as well.
(Some background...my father is not very good with a keyboard and mouse, so he uses the "features" of his OS to use the touchscreen on this machine.)
So while re-running the new anti-virus after completing my work, I happened to notice that the virus scan was taking HOURS on this one random folder...in back-tracing, it was some sort of cache for a MSN News app... this "cache" folder had 265,000+ FILES in it an occupied a space of roughly 52 GIGS! This is a relatively new machine (two to three years) running an i3, etc...
In searching online, this is a known bug that a certain company doesn't want to take care of (surprise!!!). I promptly removed the offending app to find that the cache stopped collecting files (again, surprise, oh wait, not really...). My father, however, was not happy using the MSN browser based news page and requested that I add the app back to his system.
In just one day, the app had cached 650+ files at hundreds of megabytes.
I really can't believe that is even remotely ok! Over time, this app will eventually fill my parent's hard drive until the machine is rendered useless (until my next visit). Searching online doesn't seem to offer a solution or workaround...people with this OS and App just have to deal with it.
I am certainly glad that Bodhi doesn't cache files and try to hide them buried deep within the OS...or cache them to the extent that this folder was, as it is many times the size of my OS. Just really sad. I wish I could convert my parents, but they are really afraid of change.
Anyway, three cheers for Bodhi! I honestly have not been that frustrated with a PC since I dropped the mainstream OS many years ago...good reaffirmation of why I did and never looked back.