View Full Version : [ubuntu] taking snapshot of ubuntu after certail configuration

Shuaib Zahda
March 15th, 2009, 06:53 AM
Dear all

I have a cyber cafe where I install ubuntu on all of the machines. Some clients tend to make changes to the system or install some games and software, etc etc.

I am looking for a way to install ubuntu and install the applications I want and then take a snapshot of the system.

Later when I restore to this snapshot, I want the changes that were made by the users to be deleted.

Is there a solution or software to do that


March 15th, 2009, 07:43 AM
I would suggest you not allow your users to install anything. Setup a limited user, then if you need to allow the limited user to autologin.

Even better is to setup kde kiosk, give your users some eye candy, and lock things down, so they can't change things.


Shuaib Zahda
March 15th, 2009, 08:37 AM

Thanks for the reply. I agree with you. However, I do conduct Ubuntu training in the same lab, so the students need to practice the installation and some of them tries to install themes and new stuff. So, I need to restore back to the setup I want which is the default without new installation each time I conduct the training


robert shearer
March 15th, 2009, 10:02 AM
would this be of use?


it will remaster your install to a iso file or live cd and that is the snapshot you need
The drawback being that you would need to reinstall from these each time. (though from experience it is a lot faster than a standard Ubuntu install.

Shuaib Zahda
March 15th, 2009, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the tool. This would help me somewhat. It will be great if ubuntu itself has this backup/restore feature.