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A Linux service is an application (or set of applications) that runs in the background waiting to be used, or carrying out essential tasks.

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Which services should be disabled?

Following is the output of $chkconfig | grep 5:on on my laptop running Fedora 14. NetworkManager 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off acpid 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on ...