Ghost for Linux0.46

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A hard disk/partition imaging and cloning Live CD operating system based on the Linux kernel

editor's review






Ghost for Linux or G4L is an open source minimal distribution of Linux that provides users with a disk cloning and imaging solution specifically designed to support GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems.

Being similar to the commercial Norton Ghost product developed and distributed by Symantec only on the Microsoft Windows platform, Ghost for Linux allows users to create images and backup entire hard disk drives or specific partitions.

The final results can be automatically or optionally compressed and can be stored on either local or external disk drives, as well as transferred to an anonymous FTP server. Support for CIFS (Common Internet File System), SSHFS (SSH Filesystem) and NFS (Network File System) is also included.

Features at a glance

Key features include creation of raw compressed images, creation of NTFSClone compressed Images, UDPcast and FSArchiver programs, support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) partitions, Hardware Detection Tool (HDT), and Memtest86+.

In order to backup Windows partitions, users are required the use of a bootable Ghost for Linux Live CD, which can be downloaded from the dedicated download section (see above), or by running the G4L application via the Grub4Dos software.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD

The project is distributed as a single Live CD ISO image that be effortlessly deployed to a USB flash drive or blank CD disc. It supports any hardware platform, including 64-bit and 32-bit machines.

It comes with a complex boot menu, from where users can start the live environment with multiple kernel setups, each one designed for specific target systems. After closing the disclaimer, you will be able view basic use instructions for the G4L software.

Bottom line

Summing up, Ghost for Linux is a perfect replica of the controversial Norton Ghost product, allowing system administrators and end-users to quickly and easily backup or clone HDD partitions or entire hard disk drives. The RAW and File modes are available at this time.

Ghost for Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 29th, 2014
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