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Consumer-Grade Cloud Backup Service for Linux Laptops?

ferricoxide profile image Thomas H Jones II Updated on ・1 min read

My current laptop is fairly long in the tooth and its OS goes into final de-support (no more security-patches - yikes!) this coming January. So, time to replace it. I'm thinking of getting one of System76's Linux-based laptops to replace it. However, I'm concerned about backup costs. With my current, Windows-based PC (or, if I wanted to hold my nose and switch back to OSX), I'm able to use BackBlaze's unlimited cloud backup offering. Switching to Linux, if I wanted to stay with BackBlaze, I'd need to switch to B2.

At any rate, since there's undoubtedly a number of you who use Linux for your base operating system, presumably some of you are using a cloud-based backup solution. If so, what are you using, how well has it worked for you and, likely most critically, what have your costs looked like?

Thanks in advance!

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Been using UNIX since the late 80s; Linux since the mid-90s; virtualization since the early 2000s and spent the past few years working in the cloud space.

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I use Syncthing for anything I'm concerned about. It works between my own devices, so I have a few hundred MB distrubuted to my phone, desktop and laptop. It means I don't have to trust that a cloud provider will be there in a year.

For larger amounts of data, I use things like google drive and dropbox, but I rarely access them from linux, and if I do, it's usually in the browser.

 

Yeah, there's plenty of tools to get things into cloud-based backup-oriented storage-offerings, it's just that none of them are as cost-effective as BackBlaze's unlimited offering for Windows and Macintosh. Thus, it's less the tools I'm concerned with than the ongoing financial-outlays.

 

I guess it depends on how much data you need to back up. For me, I can afford to restart from scratch I guess after a disaster, but I don't feel I need to save any amount approaching the free tiers of any of the cloud providers. I pay £10 per year I think for 100GB on Google Drive (which still doesn't have an official linux client).

 

Cloudberry Backup offers a Linux based version of their client which can back up to your public cloud (or local l/network) provider of choice.

Try that. Or maybe rsync to a NAS (CIFS share or similar).