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Linspire adds disaster recovery software to CNR
Apr. 23, 2006

Linspire will soon offer FarStone Technology's "personal disaster recovery" software via the Linspire Linux "Click and Run" (CNR) repository. RestoreIT allows users to restore lost data or an entire system that has been damaged due to computer errors or other common mishaps, according to FarStone.

The announcement will be made at the fourth annual Desktop Linux Summit, April 24 in San Diego.

With RestoreIT, users can quickly reset their entire system to an earlier, pre-crash, pre-problem state, even if the operating system won't boot, FarStone said. The software tracks all changes to a user's hard drive on a separate hidden disk partition as incremental backup points. In the event of a disaster, users can restore the system and data that has been lost, as well as choose how far back they would like to go -- an hour, two hours, etc. -- according to FarStone.

By simply clicking the spacebar, users can instantly restore their data, files, or a complete system. Since it loads before the OS, RestoreIT will recover all files, system applications, and personal settings and passwords, FarStone claims. In addition to automatic backups per a user-defined schedule, RestoreIT can also be configured to automatically restore to pre-defined backups on a regular basis.

RestoreIT is also touted as being capable of resetting a PC to a pristine state at the beginning or end of a business day, and undoing any changes to the workstation that typically occur with multiple users. Once configured in this manner, the administrator does not need to manually reset the PC, according to FarStone.

RestoreIT LE will be available to customers soon through a variety of channels, including Linspire's CNR (Click and Run) Warehouse as well as pre-installed on computers offered by Linspire partners.

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