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Comparison of backup tools

I use Ubuntu 11.10 and I was wondering which backup tool is the best at the moment. I do not need some lightweight, but a very robust and powerful tool like I find on windows platforms.

I need to back files periodically to my external hd.

Previously I got an excellent advises here on which app to use for a specific task, so I hope you'll propose another great tool for backup.



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I am a software developer and I need to keep my code safe, so I back it up daily.

I have searched lots of back up tools and I have decided that in fact deja-dup (Déjà Dup) is the best and easy-to-understand backup tool.

Deja-dup comes by default with Ubuntu 12.04, just search for 'Backup' in the Dash and click on its icon:

deja-dup's icon

A new window will open which will let you choose your options: Deja-dup's options

Deja-dup will silently run, showing only a notification each time the back-up is completed.

It has never destroyed anything, it works like a charm!

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    "I am a software developer and I need to keep my code safe" - use systems like git/svn.
    – Lekensteyn
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 10:08
  • I don't trust them so much :)
    – hytromo
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 10:29
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    Who is them? You can setup your own servers. (did you mean "those"?)
    – Lekensteyn
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 11:00
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    @Lekensteyn Even with git you have to push changes, right? In case you forgot, bye bye code ;). Automated backup is much better or usage of cloud services like dropbox.com. IMHO
    – ubuntico
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 11:57

Top 5 Open Source Backup Software. In ubuntu you got Deja Dup but in my opinion the must powerful is a bacula.

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