Well, that may be the show stopper here. You're probably better off using something that you know, because any such software in Linux is going to require some knowledge that you won't just learn from a forum post. Such software isn't going to be all pointy and clicky to configure.
That sure looks promising and relatively user friendly (web browser interface). I've never heard of it either, but then I'm not really in to backup software (I just do any backups manually)
If it's in the Mandriva repository, it's probably available in PCLinuxOS (I'm guessing) or the Mandriva packages may work (also guessing) provided the prerequisites like perl, associated perl modules and samba are installed.
I just checked the Ubuntu livecd, it is in that repository. The description says "high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up PCs". PCLOS is mostly average home user software, basically, sort of..., so I suppose an average person doesn't have a home network with a backup server, so I suppose it's not one of their priorities to get it in there. Maybe someone could request it at the forum, if it turns out to be good, they might add it (I don't have an account there at the moment). I backup stuff manually too, but I think it would be handy to have automatic backups. PCL has some backup stuff in the control center, not for this type of setup either, but I've never looked at that either....
The rest of the description from Ubuntu. Probably a duplicate of what can be found on the website. "BackupPC is disk based and not tape based. This particularity allows features not found in any other backup solution: * Clever pooling scheme minimizes disk storage and disk I/O. Identical files across multiple backups of the same or different PC are stored only once (using hard links), resulting in substantial savings in disk storage and disk writes. * Optional compression provides additional reductions in storage. CPU impact of compression is low since only new files (those not already in the pool) need to be compressed. * A powerful http/cgi user interface allows administrators to view log files, configuration, current status and allows users to initiate and cancel backups and browse and restore files from backups very quickly. * No client-side software is needed. On WinXX the smb protocol is used. On linux or unix clients, rsync or tar (over ssh/rsh/nfs) can be used * Flexible restore options. Single files can be downloaded from any backup directly from the CGI interface. Zip or Tar archives for selected files or directories can also be downloaded from the CGI interface. * BackupPC supports mobile environments where laptops are only intermittently connected to the network and have dynamic IP addresses (DHCP). * Flexible configuration parameters allow multiple backups to be performed in parallel. * and more to discover in the manual..."
...and I just selected it for install in mandriva (but I'm not going to now), it had over 20 additional dependencies that needed to be installed, so installing the rpm in PCLOS might be a little tricky to get all the dependencies installed first (if all packages are available in pclos).
If antcj has Ubuntu, that would be the easiest route at the moment, to try it, it would install everything automatically since it's already available.
#11. "RE: Linux and backup software" In response to Grogan (Reply # 10) Mon Jan-21-08 11:52 PM by 1one1
Guess I might as well post what there is. Probably not useful, but if someone wants to try it in pclos with the mandy rpm.... Those of you not used to linux, this isn't as bad as it might look, it's all almost automatic if the software is already in the repository....
When you click on it to mark for install, it pops up asking to choose one from 4 different apache-mpm packages (event, itk, etc). Select the first one, another one to choose from 8 (exim, ssmtp, etc.). Select the first one, then....
"To satisfy dependencies, the following package(s) also need to be installed:
#12. "RE: Linux and backup software" In response to 1one1 (Reply # 11) Tue Jan-22-08 12:46 AM by Grogan
So, 12 perl modules, the apache web server and related packages (apr is apache portable runtime), the exim mailer and the lynx text based web browser. That's a lot of crap to install for backup software, but not too bad in the grand scheme of things.
P.S. It's not bad when a package manager is doing it all for you.
#13. "RE: Linux and backup software" In response to Grogan (Reply # 12) Tue Jan-22-08 04:43 AM by peterb
Mike, Al or Mike. I'm just wondering if there's a script that could be set up for Anthony to run "remasterme" to create a daily backup iso file and overwrite the last one each day? Just an idea for a workaround. I personally like using "remasterme".
It's Windows PCs he wants to back up, from a central location. He doesn't want to remaster his PCLinuxOS installation. Totally inappropriate... remasterme is a script that runs various utilities for making a bootable ISO out of your current PCLinuxOS install. I looked it up to see what it was. It's not really backup software, though it can be used for that purpose, to back up your current PCLinuxOS setup. If you have much data (e.g. in home directory), it won't even work for that, because you'd need to be able to burn this ISO to a DVD.
It's just not that simple, that someone could whip up a script like you seem to think. Have you any idea what would be involved? Samba clients, connections, passwords, file copy operations... are we just supposed to pull all this out of our asses for him?