a full 'clean' XP/SP2 install with * firefox * cygwin (ssh) * openoffice * how to backup + restore? http://justinsomnia.org/2007/02/how-to-regularly-backup-windows-xp-to-ubuntu-using-rsync/ ntfsclone for backing up ntfs filesystems. rsync in image mode? can the disk image be accessed in windows? maybe a better approach is to use qemu-img to convert images to vmdk images or any other growable image. the disadvantage here is that it can't be streamed..