Written by ocularb0b the 29 Feb 08 at 07:44.
it should be trivial for a user to fully restore their system to exactly what it was, regardless of the machine. This backup/restore utility should should be installed by default. There are currently many ways to do this. Having tried many of them i find that there is alot of work to do after a reinstall to get things back to what they were. One could simply make a copy of all partitions but there is a huge amount of unneeded stuff that would be included.
I agree. Simple, easy to understand backup and restore functionality should be a major concern. I don't care how dangerous user Z's activities are, if he or she decided to run a backup every 6 hours using utilities that should be default, then he or she should never lose more than 6 hours of work, max. But currently Ubuntu ships with no such easy to use/configure utilities.
Flybacks development lacks, it is a great idea, but Sbackup is better but it should support more backup locations, two at a time and a notify when the machine is backking up. A better GUI for restoring would be nice
Yes, such a backup/restore utility is very important. There are several options right now (I'm using rsync in the console myself), but it would be very nice if all the different kind of backup systems/software could be integrated into one utility.