[Nelug] Backup over network. Which? What?

Peter Holmes fopetsys at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Oct 8 12:22:09 UTC 2006

Hi, you don't hear from me often but I watch with interest.
Durham is a tad too far for me to get to meetings though one day ...

Need some input here.  I have five PCs running both that-other-OS(?) and LINUX.
Lately I have become concerned about data security.
I have acquired a 2.4GHz Intel box with two 250GB HDDs and run it for a couple of months checking hardware is OK.  It is intended as the network backup machine.

Which backup software do you recommend?  I did some digging and AMANDA seems to be about the best though do I want to spend a week setting it up?  I also have some minor concerns about AMANDA's long term free-as-in-beer situation ... note the number of ads seen around the net on 'about.com', etc.
There's also AFBACKUP, BACULA and MONDO plus a few more but support appears thin.

Also, what's the best flavour of LINUX to use?  A desktop bias isn't necessary since I can just about work my way around with the Command Line.  I use UBUNTU at present which is fine as a desktop machine but it tries too hard to be all-things-to-everybody and hog resources.

Peter Holmes, Arkengarthdale

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