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Okay so I'm having major issues installing/running iTunes through Wine, but I'm in major need to create (and be able to restore from) a full, complete backup for my iPhone since I'm doing a ton of tweaking to it. I don't really know what I'm doing, so there's a 110% chance I'm gonna screw it up, but hey, no one ever learned anything about technology without crashing it a good 100 times right? =P

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It's more recommend to create a VM and install iTunes on it, so that you can perform a full/complete backup.

To create a VM, there is a official doc via wiki: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox.

Another discussion: How to install Windows 7 inside Virtualbox of Ubuntu?

Hope this can help you.

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I dont have a copy of windows, or any other non-linux-based os with me, and I can't download it either since I'm using mobile broadband data. Is there anything else I could do? I got iTunes 10 runnung under PlayOnLinux, but it doesnt find or even react to any iDevice being plugged in. –  Evey Aug 4 '12 at 18:32
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It does appear that there is a backup utility for idevices although I admit I haven't tested it out yet. I found this though:

http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/lucid/en/man1/idevicebackup.1.html

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  MadMike Jan 22 at 9:18
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