21 of the Best Free Linux Backup Software
Backup software is used to perform a complete back up of a
file, data, database, system or server. It enables users to make a
duplicate of everything contained on the
original source. This type of software is also used to perform a
recovery of the data or system in the event of a disaster.
Making file backups is an essential activity for all users,
users do not take adequate steps to protect their data. Whether a
computer is being used in a corporate environment,
or for private use, the machine's hard disk may fail without any
signs. Alternatively, some data loss occurs as a result of human error.
Without regular backups being made, data will
inevitably be lost even if the services of a specialist recovery
organisation are used.
Whilst it has always been possible to use command line tools
to backup files in Linux, this can be a daunting task for beginners and
end-users. This article explores how
making regular backups can be a painless task. We explore
backup software with intuitive graphical interfaces, applications that
systems with snapshots, whilst not forgetting the powerful command-line
tools that exist.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 21 high quality free Linux backup
tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who
wishes to safeguard their hard work.
Now, let's explore the 21 backup tools at hand. For each
title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of
the software in action (where relevant), a full description with an
in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant
resources and reviews.
|Backup Tool (Graphical User
||File backup software developed in Java
enterprise-grade system for backing up PCs
||Network backup, recovery and verification
||Removed (was a Backup system for KDE)
of backend backup daemon and Gnome
||Client-Server Backup System (GUI is also available)
Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver
and remote backups to CD or DVD media
||Dump and restore utilities for ext2/ext3 filesystems
||Equivalent of OS X's Time Machine
||Local and remote filesystem snapshot utility
remote file copy program
Disaster Recovery / Disk Cloning
||Offers similar functionality to Symantec Ghost
powerful disaster recovery suite
||Backup partitions into a compressed image file
offers similar functionality to Symantec Ghost
utility to automate backup and
recovery of MySQL
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Last Updated Saturday, April 25 2015 @ 10:35 AM EDT