Written by CutControl the 21 Jul 10 at 17:20.
Status: Already implemented
I tried different software (like the popular Clonezilla) to backup my system, but all of it had some essential functionality missing or was lacking usability. Ubuntu gains more and more users that come from Windows and want to see some thing similar to Acronis True Image to easily backup their entire root partition with MBR and then have the ability to rollback in case something goes wrong.
There is nothing about corruption. I don't know what gave you that idea) Thou that data duplication may seem suitable from your perspective, many people prefer having a block-level image to instantly recover a system state. Solution provided is NOT focused on simple personal data protection.
I did not challenge you having another focus than personal data protection, but I challenged the need of this. Setting up a new Ubuntu system is a matter of minutes, yielding a completely clean system that can be filled with backup data.
Reloading a complete disk image revives any issues the system already head at backup time.
Not if you hold multiple backups of different times. That is the whole point of regularly backing up - being able to revert your system to a point where it didn't have the problem. You're discussing the issue of backups themselves now, as the "clean system with backup data" could just as easily copy over some bad files and mess your stuff up exactly the same.
Ubuntu should jump on btrfs before next LTS and use the features it offers. Such as timeline (you can go back in time and get the state of hard drive from whenever in the past) and others. But still making UbuntuOne online backup - pay for - would be nice. For local backup... there is an app for that.
I agree we need a gui orientated backup tool that is able to make live backups of the system.
"drive imaging requires exclusive access to a drive and must not be mounted"
I do not see this limitation using Acronis True Image. I cannot even begin to comprehend the complexity of copying something that is changing all the time like the currently mounted system partition. I would love to see a linux program have the same user experience and flexibility as Acronis True Image or norton ghost.
All the solutions I found need exclusive access to the drive, partimage, Clonezilla etc .
Akerbos, maybe you don't see the need, but other people find this invaluable. When I upgrade a system, or if I add Ubuntu to a Windows machine, I can take a snapshot of the entire drive to restore from. It's also useful to clone a system to another. Restoring a drive takes a fraction of the time of reinstalling and restoring data and settings. It has saved me many hours in the past.
Back to the original question:
If CloneZilla were to be given a decent GUI front-end, using layman's terms instead of jargon, it would be wonderful. Although easy to use when you're used to it, CloneZilla is confusing and difficult for the newcomer and especially for the layman.
CloneZilla with a decent GUI front-end would satisfy perfectly the first option.
I use QuickStart - a series of Ubuntu scripts with a GUI menu frontend. It has several backup options and a bunch of other functions. Works well and it sounds like it might help you.
solution #1 is good just needs options to choose general places to back up; for example someone might want their documents to be included other might not, some might want new installed programs to be included, others might want to just keep the original, the place to back up to (same local disk or periphery disks, or somewhere on the network for some people etc..
However, it should be simple to understand and to use with default choices so that if some one has difficulty to choose, they can just go ahead with the default.