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Review: LuckyBackup for Linux systems

With a user-friendly GUI, LuckyBackUp is one of the easiest backup tools you will ever use on a Linux system.

Backups are a crucial aspect of any PC users work. No matter if you are a home user who uses the PC for home banking or a data center administrator who depends upon backups as the go-to failsafe for petabytes of company data, without a backup you could find yourself dead in the water.

On the Windows side of things there are tons of backup tools available. On the Linux side there are also plenty of backup solutions, but many of them center on complex command-line driven tools. Many Linux users don't want to have to deal with the command line, or the complexity of a tool like Amanda.

There needs to be an alternative that can make backing up a Linux system simple. That alternative exists in the form of LuckyBackUp, which is one of the easiest backup tools you will ever use on a Linux system. It has a user-friendly GUI and can back up locally, to a locally attached drive, or across a network. But how well does LuckyBackUp perform? And is this tool right for you? Let's find out.

Requirements

  • libqtcore4 greater than or equal to 4.4
  • libqtgui4 greater than or equal to 4.4
  • lib6 OR glibc greater than or equal to 2.7-1
  • libgcc1 greater than or equal to 4.1.1
  • libstdc++6 greater than or equal to 4.1.1
  • rsync
  • ssh (optional)
  • LuckyBackUp Web site
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Who's it for?

LuckyBackUp is for any Linux desktop (or server with a GUI) user who needs to do quick and easy backup, but needs said backup to be reliable, schedule-able, and flexible.

What problem does it solve?

With LuckyBackUp the Linux user has, at their fingertips, the ability to do different types of multiple backups with a simple GUI interface. These backups can be scheduled, as well as be full backups or synchronized. And what's best is that LuckyBackUp doesn't require years of Linux experience to work. In fact, LuckyBackUp is easy enough for nearly any level of experience, so users of all levels can have reliable backups.

Standout features

  • Easy to use GUI
  • Local or remote backups
  • Remote using rsync or ssh
  • Scheduled backups
  • Include/Exclude filters
  • Backup simulator
  • Backup validation

What's wrong?

The biggest problem with LuckyBackUp is, when using SSH for remote backup, the user has to enter their password for the SSH server. The only way around this is to set up password-less secure shell authentication. Having to enter a password for a ssh remote connection is fine, unless you are doing a scheduled backup. If you want to do scheduled backups using ssh, you will have to set up keyfile authentication for secure shell.

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Bottom line for business

If your Linux machines need a solid, GUI-based backup, you need to look at LuckyBackUp. Its flexibility and ease of use cannot be matched in any GUI-based Linux application. And just because LuckyBackUp is geared toward ease of use, doesn't mean it can't handle larger jobs. If your server has a GUI, LuckyBackUp can easily take care of that as well.

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Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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