Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bumping up from Mint 10 to Mint 13 via Mint Backup


I really wanted to document this a little bit more so I could have had a fresher brain dump of what I did for this post.  I did a post back when Mint 9 LTS came out, about the changes and tweaking that I did to it to get it more like the Ubuntu (8?ish) experience that I had come to enjoy.  Much of what I had done had become even more do-able with Ubuntu Tweak as that GAVE back much of what Ubuntu and Canonical and been shunting along the way to simplify the OS. You can't give someone a 5 speed, and expect them to be happy with "3 on the tree" with a newer model just for the sake of "simplicity".

I also like the idea of the LTS release. As I do tend to add this and that to my system. So, for this update I decided to try out the Mint Backup Tool. While Mint backup does do some things simply, it's far from perfect.  It also takes quite a bit of time for 200 gigabytes of data. Would I use it to easily pick and choose dir's that I'd want to back up to another drive? Definitely. Would I use it to back up my software selection? Absolutely.  Getting a copy of your data to another location it worked very well.  Where the problem comes in, or the pain, is when you do your restore.

The APT repositories or PPA's that are on a default system are added automatically. Those that aren't you have to go back and add manually.

Also, since I was moving from a Gnome2 system to MATE, I had some duplication of programs,  such as Gedit, AND Pluma, XScreensaver AND Gnome Screensaver, but that proved interesting, as I have two monitors, and there were two different screen savers going at the same time.

A Good majority of my dir's were given ROOT permissions, so I had to go back and change those later. I'm not sure if it was my fumbling around, by not restoring things in the correct order or not. Meaning, I restored my software selection prior to restoring my file directories. The tutorial did it the other way around.

One of the first things that I added was the Ubuntu Tweak PPA, and Downloaded the Google Chrome browser via Firefox. Yes, I'm not as FOSS sensitive as some of my other Linux Brethren.  I've also moved my music and plan on moving other large directories to another drive and link to them, so when I DO backup things in the future, they're more segmented. So, more or less whatever I've created is on one partition, and more static files, like Music, Videos, etc, would be on another.

Overall, I'd say that the Mint Backup utility did it's job. It DID back things up well. Restoring was much quicker, than backing up. I'd give it 4 out of 5. The ability to use a GUI to pick and choose what to backup or restore is slick. But some directories, such as my ./lastpass dir or any other "Piped" dir wouldn't backup, and hang the process, so you'd have to start over. With 200 GB, it took quite a bit of time. 8 hrs or more. On a system such as my wife's who's \home dir was only 2GB I suspect it would be much quicker, though, on her machine, I just did a clean install.

So tell me, have you used Mint Backup?
If so would you use it again?

I think I might, but not all the time. Sometimes a fresh install is just, well, Minty Fresh. :)



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5 comments:

  1. I've heard great things about Mint. Its going to have to get tried at some point. Just getting myself set back up again on 12.10. Seems to take a few days to get settled back in and remember everything you had installed from last time. :) 12.10 includes Deja Dup backup integrated in, I wonder if that experience will be the same?

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    1. I took a look at Deja Dup Backup, since you mentioned it. It looks like it has some more features than Mint's Backup Utility.

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  2. A good part of the programs that I weren't automatically installed were the games from the Humble Indie Bundle category. Not a big deal.
    I don't know about Deja Dup. But Mint 13 Mate uses the same Repo's and Ubuntu, so they might be a lot alike. One of the reasons that I went with LTS releases was so that I didn't have to make sure everything was setup right all over. If I get a hankering for something new, or want to see what it's like, I can always dual boot, put a distro on a VM or USB stick.

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  3. IMHO, BackInTime is the only way to go for backups. It will not backup your applications but for your personal data it works great. Once you have it setup with a schedule, you can pretty much forget about it. When you do a fresh O/S install, it makes getting back up to speed much easier and faster.

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    1. Yea, I've not messed with BackinTime. But I think I shall now.

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