Network Traffic on Ubuntu 12.04 vs Fedora 17

Recently, I started obsessing over network traffic on my (recently upgraded) Ubuntu 12.04 system.  This is what it looked like, with only a few user processes (just chromium and synergyc).

Ubuntu system monitor network history

Screenshot of Ubuntu’s System Monitor Network Traffic

I could never pin down a process that was causing the traffic; netstat -p and nethogs reported the bulk of traffic from an unknown PID.  It may have been malicious, or simply a weird Ubuntu issue.

So, naturally I did what I do when I’m paranoid.  I wiped and reinstalled.  Since I didn’t want the Unity desktop, anyway, I figured it was time to try something new.  Fedora 17, with Cinnamon.

Contrast the Ubuntu traffic above with the Fedora traffic here.

Fedora's System Monitor Network History

Screenshot of Fedora’s System Monitor Network History

That one blip is Banshee pulling the next song from my NAS.  And where I had no user processes running in Ubuntu, this Fedora traffic includes a torrent trickle (10kB/s limits), my media player, and synergy.  Nethogs shows very little traffic from sources it can’t determine.

Nethogs output on Fedora 17

Screenshot of nethogs on Fedora 17

I also have ntop running now. More on that, later.

And finding Cinnamon was a big silver-lining in this whole process.

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