Linux for Starters

Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – 8 Things to do after installing Ubuntu – Part 5

3. Enable Backups

Making file backups is an essential activity for all users, yet many 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 drive may fail without any obvious warning 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.

Ubuntu 21.04 has backup software already installed. It’s called Déjà Dup Backups, a simple backup tool for GNOME. We awarded this software a rating of 8.6 (out of 10) in our Backup Software Roundup.

Open Déjà Dup Backups from the Dash (it’s shown as Backups).


Click the Create my First Backup button.

Backups - Create First Backup

Choose the folders to include and exclude. Your home directory is included by default.

Backups - Folders

Click the Forward button to proceed.

Choose the Storage Location from Google Drive, a network server, or a local folder.

Backups - Storage Location

You can password protect your backups for security reasons.

Backups - Password

Click Forward to perform the backup.

Backups - Automation

We then have the choice of running a weekly backup. We’ve moved the slider so that it’s automatic. In the Preferences menu we can also change the backup frequency. By default it’s set to weekly, but there’s a daily option too.

Déjà Dup Backups offers basic functionality. For more sophisticated backup software, check out our comprehensive 31 Best Free Linux Backup Software.

Next Page: Page 4 – Video/Audio Codecs and TrueType Fonts

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Initial Update
Page 2 – Install Drivers
Page 3 – Enable Backups
Page 4 – Video/Audio Codecs and TrueType Fonts
Page 5 – GNOME Tweaks
Page 6 – GNOME Extensions
Page 7 – Install BleachBit
Page 8 – Night Light and Summary

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
Part 1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
Part 2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Part 3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
Part 4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
Part 5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
Part 6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
Part 7Updating the system, install new software.
Part 8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
Part 9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
Part 10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
Part 11Getting help from your system.
Part 12Learn all about the file system.
Part 13Manipulating files from the shell.
Part 14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
Part 15Managing users on your system.
Part 16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
Part 17Gaming on Linux.
Part 18Protect your privacy with this guide.
Part 19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
Part 20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
Part 21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
Share this article


    1. From independent surveys Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro. Ignore the charts you see on some web sites that often have fairly obscure distros top. Their fanboys just vote them up using bots, partly because they are very passionate about them.

      Interestingly, Linus Torvalds (the creator of the Linux kernel) has never even tried Ubuntu.

  1. How about as a Linux user you whine, cry and criticize ever tutorial and article ever printed? It really gets old. I use Linux, I use Ubuntu, I use other OS’s. I appreciate people with the skill and knowledge to write tutorials and articles that can help others. No article can cover ‘everything Linux”. Thank you Steve.

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.