Linux backup is stuck in the 90s. And like most long-term
Linux users, I didn't realize that - until I started to work for a software
company that performs backup and recovery and saw the alternative. At first
glance, the backup software situation for Linux actually looks
comfortable: Most Linux distributions include a number of Open Source
backup solutions, either included in the core OS or available as an add-on.
Also, many commercial backup vendors do support backup of Linux machines, so
there is plenty of choice.
In practice, however, it turns out that most of the
simple free tools that are included in the distributions are not exceptionally
user friendly. The tools in this category, such as Duplicity (with its several
UI frontends), FWBackups or BackupPC are relatively easy to set up, and
reliably get the job done to back up a user's files. But when it comes to
browsing the backup and restoring the data, things often get ugly. Also, their