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[liberationtech] Has anyone used this before?

Andrew Lewis andrew at
Fri Feb 24 09:54:29 PST 2012

Pentagon Library used SteadyState, even though it turned out to be a pain in the ass sometimes, it worked in general.

On Feb 24, 2012, at 5:44 PM, Moritz Bartl wrote:

> On 24.02.2012 16:28, Yosem Companys wrote:
>> SiteKiosk is software for public-access-PCs that lets you turn any
>> computer into a secure Internet terminal, allowing the user to access
>> the Internet, but protecting the underlying operating system and
>> files.
> I don't have experience with this specific commercial tool for Windows.
> Microsoft has released a now discontinued free software called
> SteadyState that rolls back changes and has several user management
> options. It only works on Win XP and Win Vista, but not Windows 7.
> Wikipedia also links to a Technet article describing similar methods
> using the Group Policy editor.
> SteadyState can revert a computer to a previously stored state every
> time it reboots, or on administrator's request. [...] User accounts can
> be locked or forced to log off after certain intervals. A locked account
> uses a temporary copy of the user's profile during the user's session.
> When the user logs off, the temporary profile is deleted. This ensures
> that any changes the user made during his session are not permanent. The
> user's session can also be limited to a specified duration, or logged
> off if idle.
> "Creating a Steady State by Using Microsoft Technologies on Windows 7"
> I am sure similar (free) methods exist for Linux/MacOSX. Of course you
> can also turn a computer into an "Internet terminal" using Live CDs.
> -- 
> Moritz Bartl
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