Linux newbie questions

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Konata Izumi, Jun 11, 2011.

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  1. Konata Izumi

    Konata Izumi Registered Member

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    I want to give linux another try. I will be using Kubuntu Natty.
    I want to make the system as static as possible. (sort of like deepfreeze or returnil in windows)
    I will use this system only for browsing, IM and downloading torrents.


    After browsing session how do you securely remove all traces from the browser? (cookies,LSOs, logs, etc.)
    How to route all traffic to TOR like JANUSVM and easily switch back to normal connection whenever I want?

    I don't want OS/apps to remember when I last accessed file(s)/app(s).
    or whenever I logged in to Linux.... I want to make it run like it was the first time I used the OS or something like that.
     
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  2. tlu

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    While I think it's overkill what you're planning, it should be possible by installing Kubuntu in Virtualbox.

    Then you could configure the virtual machine with the command

    VBoxManage modifyhd <filename> --type immutable

    The Virtualbox manual says:

     
  3. Konata Izumi

    Konata Izumi Registered Member

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    I have only 1GB RAM. Another OS running in Virtualbox is too much for my PC. :D
     
  4. J_L

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  6. J_L

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    Don't believe everything you hear. If you stick to cleaning the browser entries, there should very little (if any) harm. Try it yourself, I clean more than that without visible harm.
     
  7. mack_guy911

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    linux is not windows

    but what i use i can recommend you same on firefox addons

    wot with blocking

    for lso better privacy

    no script

    for cleaning there is tool called sweeper is pretty good on kde systems

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-cleaning.html


    you can check that as well

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=299046



    also if you have a less ram why dont you go for gnome instead of kde base


    yes cleaning with any tool blindly give you trouble

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=300182

    also you can do private browsing it clean after close as it use memory cache

    http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1951841

    3rd if you want deepfreeze or returnil kinda thing go for virtualbox

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=301128

    even you have very little ram you can still run xfce base for example xfce fedora or puppylinux they run great on 256 ram of virtualbox even inside windows

    also recommend you also manually create swap upto 2gb swap


    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwapFaq
     
  8. mack_guy911

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    agree with JL clean wisely i wont harm i also use bleachbit on my fedora for many years

    also

    great idea tlu thanks for sharing :))
     
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  9. Konata Izumi

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    thanks for all the suggestions mack_guy911 and J_L

    I read good reviews on Kubuntu from mrkvonic the dedoimedo guy so. :)


    I guess I'll go for Kubuntu Natty for my host OS and immutable Fedora XFCE for Virtualbox.


    is it possible to transfer downloaded files from immutable virtual machine to host OS?
     
  10. tlu

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    I haven't tried Fedora with Xfce but with other flavours in Virtualbox, and I must say that they were rather unstable (several crashes). If I were you I'd rather go for Xubuntu or Lubuntu.

    Yes, should be no problem via a shared folder.
     
  11. blasev

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    don't take my writing seriously since I'm totally new at linux

    But if static is what you want, try puppy linux
    You can configure it to ask whether save or not to save current session when shut down/reboot
    so you have the flexibility to maintain or change the OS :D
     
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  13. Konata Izumi

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    is this true? can anyone confirm this?
    if True... what will happen in case of power failure? will puppy linux save current session or not?
     
  14. mack_guy911

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    i tried fedora 13 xfce rocksolid and great

    and fedora 15 is not impressive as default



    yes it does but its a different story you have to create multi session cd/dvd

    http://puppylinux.org/wikka/MultiSessionLiveDVD

    its kinda same running live usb pendrive :D



    also i like to add you can run live cd kinda same for just giving path of iso in your virtual box without installing them this way you can test them without wasting your cd/dvds or even installing it to your virtual box...... in this way you can install software.......tweak ....etc when you poweroff virtualbox you get pure live cd iso back without any change

    this is best way i personally use to test distro's before installing them to my virtualbox or main hardisk

    example all linux mint katya (11) and ubuntu 11.04 screenshots created on live cd session running in virtualbox

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=232753&page=26



    the only problem with this method is every time you need to tweak and install all software they where not permanent

    like in your case if you need torrent you need to install torrent everytime and tweak it but if you install, tweak and create and snapshot or after install,tweak make your disk immutable
     
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  15. blasev

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    It is true my friend
    I've been doing it for months
    Like mack_guy911 said, I used it on usb installation.;)

    In case of power failure it will be gone, unless us set the puppy to auto save snapshot every now and then.
     
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