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You can easily clone single hard disk or partition using netcat and your own network. However, software such as Clonezilla offers a partition or disk clone software similar to Ghost. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive.

Norton Ghost is popular proprietary commercial software. It is slow and takes lots of time to clone system. There is also Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition with multicasting and fast cloning system.

However, Clonezilla is a free, open source, multitasking and multi operating system software. With DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux [DRBL] provides a diskless or systemless environment for client machines) and network boot enabled client computers, the only thing you have to prepare is a Clonezilla server. The best thing is ~ you do not even have to prepare a bootable CD or floppy with Partition Image for every client computer.

Clonezilla Ghose like Linux partition or disk clone software in action
(Fig 01: Starting Clonezilla Clone Software)

Clonezilla Ghost like Linux partition or disk clone software
(Fig 02: Clonezilla and DRBL running under Ububtu Linux ~ click to enlarge image)

Download Clonezilla cloning software

=> Visit official project home page to download Clonezilla software.

How to: Setting up a Clonezilla/DRBL server on Ubuntu 7.04

=> A simple howto on setting up Clonezilla/DRBL on Ubuntu Linux

How to: Setting up a Clonezilla/DRBL server on CentOS / Fedora / RHEL

=> A simple documentation to quickly setup up Clonezilla on a PXE server.

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Samba Project Receives Microsoft Protocol Details

Samba software is a free, open source implementation of networking protocols to share files between Windows and UNIX computers. This is a good news for Samba project.

Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba.

Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on September 17th 2007.

Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba, said:

We are very pleased to be able to get access to the technical information necessary to continue to develop Samba as a Free Software project. Although we were disappointed the decision did not address the issue of patent claims over the protocols, it was a great achievement for the European Commission and for enforcement of antitrust laws in Europe. The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows

=> Samba Team Receives Microsoft Protocol Docs [samba.org]