Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sun 25th Nov 2012 01:07 UTC
marcp
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2007-11-23

This is a very good, high quality and well written article. Thanks for giving me opportunity to check on other pro's policy.

I'm using FLOSS exclusively myself. Linux, *BSDs and other FLOSS operating systems.
However, the most important thing for me is data independence. I like it to be able to receive, read, write, manipulate my data no matter what platform I'm on. That's why I always go for simple solutions, which are more likely to be portable [like DD+gzip for backups, plain text files for information storage, etc]. It also makes the whole thing smaller, more compact and easy to move around.
I don't need to mention about multiple backups I make.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Lennie on Thu 29th Nov 2012 12:10 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

DD+gzip is your solution ? You copy the blockdevice ?

I just use a rsync(based) solution, that makes it easier to restore a just one or a few files.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by telns on Thu 29th Nov 2012 22:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
telns Member since:
2009-06-18

rsync all the way over dd...

I will say that Windows really isn't bad at this, though certainly less generic. I had a file server fail recently, and simply mounted the latest backup VHD on another server and tweaked the cname to point to the new place. Only took a couple of minutes, and everything kept working without interruption as far as the client desktops were concerned until I could bring up a proper replacement.

Was kind of cool really.

DFS replication could have made it all seamless, but that takes a lot of overhead.

Edited 2012-11-29 22:42 UTC

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