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NewsForge: An Open Source Ghost Story

“This story began as a review of g4l, a Norton Ghost-type
utility for Linux. But that’s not how it ended up. Instead it’s a
story of two open source ghosts: g4u and g4l. As ghost stories go,
this one is more sad than scary: the tale of a bastard son refusing
to recognize his lineage, and of the resulting bad feelings on both
sides of the dispute. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start
at the beginning.

“Hubert Feyrer wrote g4u about six years ago. It’s a
NetBSD-based boot diskette similar in functionality to the popular
Norton Ghost. G4u’s name is shorthand for “Ghost for Unix.”

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