Getting Started with Ghost4Linux
Ghost is a popular software in the Windows world for creating full backups of your PCs contents and helps in restoring individual files or the entire hard drive. One of the popular ways of archiving or creating images of Linux filesystems is to use liveCD distributions and tarring the entire contents. I personally find this very time consuming and unreliable, multiple time I have heard from other people how tar archives have gone corrupt, and restoring archived files was a painful experience. Ghost4Linux (G4L) is the perfect solution for such situations. G4L is a LiveCD Linux distribution which integrates all the components to emulate the functionality the original Ghost provides while providing a user friendly well rounded interface. This article will introduce G4L, and is mainly targeted to those users who want a simple, straight forward method of creating backup of and restoring their drives.
G4L is available from http://freshmeat.net/redir/G4L/. It is distributed as an ISO Image which can be directly written to a CD. To demonstrate the capability of G4L, we will see how major functionality of the software is used.