With Zeitgeist now tracking everything I really think we need a privacy mode like the one Firefox offers. There is a ridiculous amount of history and caches being stored in Ubuntu from thumbnails to file history.

And god forbid you install a KDE application in gnome, then you get even more file indexers and recently used tracking! Is there a way to clear everything? Even better would be a way to run the OS in a privacy mode that never even wrote to the disk. How can I disable all caching and thumbnailing and history in the OS? Firefox provides private browsing. IE only allows you to delete the cache when you close IE. Firefox wins! Can I get a private session in Ubuntu?

Also, my company would like to run Ubuntu off an SD card. Limiting the number of writes to update a cache, history or log would be a really good idea. Switching back and forth would be perfect. Right now Zeitgeist is working on a way to clear history, but come on, can we have an option to not write a history at all? Am I missing something here?

  • Interesting. I'd never heard of Zeitgeist before this question. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for bringing my attention to it. – boehj May 1 '11 at 12:22

I am not sure this is what you are looking for, but it will provide a "privacy mode". I am citing webupd8.org:

Until Zeitgeist Global Privacy is released, install Activity Journal (don't use the version in the official Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal repositories - that doesn't seem to work), go to its Preferences and on the Plugins tab, enable "Blacklist Manager" (seems you have to double click the checkbox to enable it) - now a new "Blacklist" tab should be displayed. Here, click the add button and enter the path to your private files (porn). If you want to block all files, use "*" for the path.

You can also clear the Zeitgeist history (this is the history of recent files that's display in Dash) by using the following commands:

rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite
zeitgeist-daemon --replace

You could also start a "Guest Session" (via Logout-Menu) or create a secondary user ...


check out this thread on ubuntu forums, might give the answer you want.

ubuntuforums Zeitgeist

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.