For two months of using Linux Mint I see that it is the best alternative for any other operating system. Aside from being free, all multimedia functionalities comes in pre-installed as well productivity softwares like OpenOffice and the Photoshop clone GIMP. That alone is a winner and I can’t ask for anything else.

All in all I am completely satisfied with it’s performance and versatility. However, After bragging all the good things about Linux and boo-ing Windows and Mac OS, I was stunned by this question from one of my friend. Does Linux comes with a backing-up software? “You know, it is far more essential to those cool desktop effects and enhancement

I was silenced by that question and made me feel like a dumb ass. If I were just sitting in front of the PC maybe I can Google it right away but I was not. But thanks to Google still, it answered by stupidity though I haven’t tried this one yet. As soon as I have some things to back-up then I will definitely try this. This was also discussed in MadPenguin.

What is Flyback?


flyback thumbnail Flyback: A Time Machine Alternative for LinuxFlyBack is a snapshot-based backup tool based on rsync It creates successive backup directories mirroring the files you wish to backup, but hard-links unchanged files to the previous backup. This prevents wasting disk space while providing you with full access to all your files without any sort of recovery program. If your machine crashes, just move your external drive to your new machine and copy the latest backup using whatever file browser you normally use.

Note that this means you can selectively delete specific backups and still retain files stored in previous ones. (ie., you can delete tuesday’s backup and keep monday’s, without screwing up wednesday’s)

How to Install Flyback?

Debian – $ sudo apt-get install python python-glade2 python-gnome2 python-sqlite3 rsync
Ubuntu – $ sudo apt-get install python python-glade2 python-gnome2 python-sqlite3 python-gconf rsync
Redhat/Fedora – $ yum install pygtk2 gnome-python2-gconf pygtk2-libglade python-sqlite3

Then download:

$ svn checkout flyback


$ wget
$ tar -zxvf flyback_0.4.0.tar.gz

Then change to the new directory (“flyback/src/” or “flyback/”, depending on which you chose above) and run: $ python

How to use it?

To use the GUI, run like this: $ python
To perform a GUI-less backup, run like this: $ python –backup

If you have already used this application leave a comment and provide your feedback. Thanks!


  1. 1
    Uncle B
    October 18th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Retired recently, read Microsoft’s warning on my machine at home, realized my company was no longer paying license fees, being law abiding, shut my computers off, got a friend to download Ubuntu for free from net, installed it, sweat bullets a bit, it worked fine! Still using Ubuntu after many years. I simply do not buy products not supporting Ubuntu – their loss, not mine! For an older guy with limited resources, the old box works much better with Ubuntu, no more trips to the M$ dealer to get hard drive speeded up every few months, no more ‘blue screen of death’ episodes with data losses, no more virus problems, smooth trouble free computing and great happiness, Thank You to Ubuntu who ever you are! Poor kids at my church switching to Ubuntu on older cheaper second-hand boxes say it is better than not having computers at all. The Great Depression is upon us, give generously to the folks at the food banks, send old clothing to churches, we need it desperately and the future doesn’t look to bright for the poorest among us either. Older computers with smaller Linux systems on them are still good for homework for the kids with less at home. Don’t forget them, they may become the programmers of the future for America, so donate your old boxes, but stay legal, load them with Ubuntu first! Love our country and respect its laws, If you didn’t pay for your OS, switch to the free and legal one, Ubuntu, and stay legal!

  2. 3
    b rizzle
    October 30th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    why do you need the python glade package? if im not mistaken thats just used for the glade ide, so you can save the python glade files..

  3. 4
    Mike Seth
    October 31st, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Of course Linux comes with backup software. It’s called tar(1) and gzip(1).


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