Linux: Stripping down netbook to its defaluts

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Hilarious, Jul 19, 2009.

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    Hilarious Guest

    I have had the loan of an almost-unused Aspire1 netbook and would like
    to return it in as pristine a condition as possible. Hoping to remove
    the browser caches/history, etc. (can do) and all the config-type
    files that might be modified. I wondered if a template of such a
    script might exist?
     
    Hilarious, Jul 19, 2009
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    chuckcar Guest

    It's called reinstalling linux along with formatting all partitions.
    If he provided disc for that netbook, use it - assuming you *know*
    the owner has backed up *his* information from it. Otherwise, you'll
    have to live with the owner knowing whatever you did with *his*
    "computer" Which files have been changed by automatic scripts would be
    impossible to determine except by looking for files by their modify date.
    This *can* be done with Midnight Commander and other file managers, but
    the script would require knowledge of the files beyond just that. How
    would you tell the script the difference between a modified picture and
    a configuration file for example? It would either have to be created by you
    or someone paid by you (you won't find someone willing to do this for free).
    Also the likelyhood of the version of the file that existed before your
    changes would at best only exist if it was changed only *once*. That would
    be stored as the file name preceeded by a "~"

    You could buy some unix "animal" (Prentice-Hall) books and start reading.
    If you know some bash already, it's feasible you could write such a script
    yourself inside of a week.

    As far as configuration files, I can't see the worry unless you've got
    some new screensaver or background picture.

    A more detailed explanation would require knowing what *exactly* you did
    change and what you used for a window manager.

    Finally, it *is* someone elses computer, what you did with it *is* their
    buisness after all.
     
    chuckcar, Jul 19, 2009
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    Mike Easter Guest

    There are a lot of different Aspire One models; what specifically is
    yours?

    Is the linux Linpus Linux Lite?

    Before someone (else) can get ready to advise you about cleaning -- it
    makes a lot of difference what 'kind of' cleaning needs to be done. For
    example - as an extreme example to make a point - if you've been viewing
    kiddie pr0n and an investigator interested in prosecuting is going to
    take the netbook now for forensics, that is a different situation than
    just returning a netbook you innocently used back to a disinterested
    party who isn't going to look for anything that isn't evident.

    Acer makes a recovery DVD http://snipr.com/nivzv "Acer Aspire One
    Linux recovery DVD available for download - Acer has posted a disc image
    on its FTP site with everything you need to restore an Acer Aspire One
    mini-laptop with Linpus Linux Lite to its factory default condition."

    If you have a DVD burner, you can handle it that way. Else you could put
    the DVD .iso on a usb stick and boot from that.
     
    Mike Easter, Jul 19, 2009
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  4. Why not simply make an image of the OS partition.

    If the OS occupies less than half the drive, create a second partition on
    which to create an image of the OS partition.
    Check it's valid and do a restoration to check it works OK.

    Then you can do whatever you like on it - and once done, restore it to the
    identical state you got it in.

    Voila!
     
    Centre Parting, Jul 19, 2009
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  5. Probably. What are you so worried about them finding?

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    §ñühw¤£f, Jul 19, 2009
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    olfart Guest


    or Hillary Clinton
    How do you think she broke her elbow?
    Got her hand caught in Bill's zipper
     
    olfart, Jul 20, 2009
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  7. Just delete the pics and dont worry about it.


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    §ñühw¤£f, Jul 20, 2009
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