[sf-lug] List of open source backup programs

Paul Ward dssstrkl at gmail.com
Mon May 12 17:42:31 PDT 2008

Again the iPhones poorly placed send button strikes! Anyway, I just  
wanted to point out that I have a dual backup system, part of which  
includes cloning my hard drives, apps, system files and all.
I understand the point of not having to backup binaries (and, by  
extension, system files) due to their availability, but in the event  
of a disk failure, I just want to get back up and working as soon as  
possible. This requires a clone, preferably a bootable clone.
On Linux, chronosync works as an automated backup, and on the mac, I  
like SuperDuper! for clones and TimeMachine.

Paul Ward
Sent from my iPhone

On May 12, 2008, at 1:56 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting RBV (GoodWriter2548 at earthlink.net):
>> Having experienced firsthand the difficulty of finding an open source
>> alternative to Norton Ghost, I thought I'd share this link with the
>> SF-LUG:
> When I need to copy a bunch of files between two Linux machines, I
> generally just use any old live-CD Linux distribution and send the  
> files
> across an ssh tunnel using rsync.  (No, Christian, not for moving 1.5
> terabytes of video files.)   In other words, IMO, stating the issue as
> finding "an open source alternative to Ghost" is overdefining the
> problem, and one is much better off keeping it simple, Unix style.
> I guess if one's implicit primarily objective is "Make Linux work
> exactly like $PROPRIETARY_OS to the extent humanly possible", then you
> would flail about looking for something that looks and acts like
> Symantec/Norton Ghost.  I personally don't share that motivation; I
> generally just want to copy a bunch of files.
>> http://packratstudios.com/index.php/2008/03/11/symantec-ghost-who-a-list-of-open-source-alternatives/
> Disturbingly, the author seems to be trying to find _backup_ programs.
> Symantec/Norton Ghost was always a poor substitute for real backup,  
> and
> he seems to be trying to find equally poorly-suited alternative  
> programs
> on Linux.
> In particular, he seeks to backup "applications and all" (his  
> wording).
> It's dumb to include Linux applications and other system binaries in
> one's backups; that's a $PROPRIETARY_OS fetish.  Of course, it's
> entirely possible that he's seeking to use Linux utilities to handle  
> the
> contents of $PROPRIETARY_OS filesystems.
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