Freeze SO Linux, it's possible?

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at
Thu Dec 11 19:52:44 UTC 2008

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 1:30 PM, Robert Hodgins
<ehodgins at> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 14:08 -0500, CLIFFORD ILKAY wrote:
>> Carlos Carrero Gutierrez wrote:
>> As other have pointed out, there is a version of DeepFreeze for Linux
>> already and they have proposed alternative solutions. Another solution
>> could be to use logical volume snapshots.

Here is what I do to "freeze" a system.  The G4U project provides a
bootable disk that can copy whole partitions or whole disks, including
the boot record.  Partition a drive so that there is a spare partition
of, say, 15 GB.  Then do the install of the Linux OS on the rest of
the disk.  When it gets the way you want it, copy the boot and /
partitions to the spare partition. They will be compressed, and will
fit withing 15GB in all cases I've seen.  Turn  your users loose to do
whatever the hell they want, then whenever you need to restore the
system, reboot from G4U and copy the partitions and completely erase
with the copy.

Isn't that achieving the deep freeze function for you?

Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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