Back up Linux with ease

I’m not particularly fond of backing up my data. I know I should do it and I feel pretty smug when it is done, but it is a time-consuming and frustrating process. Mainly because it requires a whole lot of thinking on my part: which files do I want to back up? where should I store them? What format? And to date I haven’t really found the one tool that makes baking up truly simple.

Sure, there’s compression formats available to me and a good handful of command-line incremental backup tools on Linux but really what I want is a one-click backup tool that, once set, does all the work for me. Think Time Machine on Mac OSX and you have the idea. Backerupper may not be TimeMachine but it is pretty idiot-proof and does the job.

Over the past few months we’ve seen a number of backup tools for Linux being released and while they range from the wildly complicated to the temperamental, Backerupper, apart from a dodgy name, is one of the easiest to use.