| October 9, 2010 10:04 pm


This is a presentation that I gave at the Utah Open Source Conference on Friday, October 8th 2010.  It covers Linux Archiving and Backup strategies.

Here is the presentation abstract:

The digital era has fundamentally changed how we store the physical artifacts of memory. Email replaced the letter, digital photography replaced film, scholarship moved online, and much of the most amazing art now exists only on the Internet. While digital has the potential to exist forever, the reality is that it usually has a much shorter shelf-life.

This presentation will overview the challenges of preserving memory in a digital world. It will introduce two different types of tools: those used for backup, and those used for archiving. It will then describe an automated, open source system for routinely creating a backup of digital memories. Technologies previewed: rsync, Duplicity, AmazonS3, Google Storage/GDrive, Time Drive, Deja-Dup.

As promised, here are a few links that expand on the information in the presentation.

First, the difference between archives and backups.  Second, how to get up and running with Time Drive.  Third, a guide on how to use Version Control Software.  Finally, a series on your own home server: Part 1 is an introduction, Part 2 helps you prepare hard drives and configure things, and Part 3 shows how to install Subversion.  Yes, those last three links are a bit old (let’s just call them mature, it’s more thoughtful), but they’re still good and the system works marvelously.

A posting on using rsync and hard links together will be forthcoming.  Until then, take a look at the articles on Back In Time (Part 1 and Part 2), which can be used to do something similar.

If there are any questions, please leave them in the comments.



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