Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

On linux you can hibernate/save the state. Is there someway I can save this to the internet or to a pendrive so that when I use a different PC running linux I can start where I left off?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Short answer: no

Long answer: Well, you could use removable drive of some sort as the swap space to hibernate to, but it would not do you much good. The other computer would have to have the same exact kernel and the same modules, including drivers, loaded. And it would have to be set up to hibernate to the same device, so there would need to be another removable drive on it that you could suspend to and then remove and replace with your drive and then resume from that. And that's just theory, I don't know that it would work even with that.

You might have better luck using Gnome/KDE session restore, but I don't really know what files you might have to shuffle around to do that.

Bottom line: If you really need access to your state, it is probably best to do a remote connection to your computer with ssh, nx, vnc, or rdp.

share|improve this answer

You can sort of do this kind of thing with some VM software. I believe VMware,virtualbox, qemu/kvm and xen can all do this in one way or another. If you can run your applications inside of a VM this may be an option for you.

Unfortunately I've never seen this kind of thing done on physical machines.

share|improve this answer
+1. I've done this a few times. I run some operating system inside VirtualBox running on top of Windows on my laptop, then I hit the big X to "close and save state". Then I copy that virtual machine folder to a desktop machine running Linux. Then I run VirtualBox on that desktop machine and I can resume right where I left off. – David Cary Dec 31 '12 at 2:30

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .