[Nelug] Backup over network. Which? What?

Douglas Nisbet dougie at highmoor.co.uk
Sun Oct 8 15:29:31 UTC 2006

Stephen Patterson wrote:
> On 08 Oct 06, Peter Holmes (fopetsys at yahoo.co.uk) wrote:
>> 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.
> So many options :) I'd use rsync & a custom shell script unless you need the
> data stored compressed on the server. That does have the advantage that if
> things fail severely all the data is still on a regular filesystem.
>> 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.
> ubuntu's not bad though I prefer debian. It can be slimmed down a lot by doing a
> custom install so you only install the software you're going to use (so you
> don't end up with gnome-* & kde-*). 
That's scary. That's pretty much 100% what I'd say, and what I do. 
Here's the script I use for backing up my digital photos from my XP 
machine, though all that's really neeed is two commands. The smbmount 
and the rsync. (Ok, 3 if you include the umount!)

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