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[Discuss] How do Linux guys back up Windows?

On 12/27/2012 08:47 PM, David Kramer wrote:
> On 12/27/2012 08:28 PM, David Kramer wrote:
>> After seeing everyone's great comments (including "install Linux"), I've
>> come to the realization that I'm probably best off doing a very
>> occasional mirror image of Windows, and use Unison to copy off my
>> documents that change.  Maybe I'll have to reinstall windows, maybe the
>> image will restore.  The only for-pay applications installed on either
>> Windows box is MS Office, and my Steam games which will reinstall
>> themselves with no problems.
>> Thanks for all the great advice.
> I forgot to mention 2 things:
> - I'm liking Crash Plan on Linux.  I'll have to figure out the best way
> to use it on my servers, where I back up to normally-disconnected USB
> disks.  Maybe that just means kicking off backups manually.  Maybe that
> will mean backing up from one machine to another automatically
> frequently and also doing backups to USB occasionally.  But I'm running
> it on my main desktop Linux machine and the initial backup wasn't
> significantly larger than the .tgz that I usually create as backups.
> - My Windows 7 laptop, less than a month old, is already caught in an
> upgrade loop, where it updates stuff and after the next reboot it says
> it fails and undoes the updates.  Over and over.  Tell me again why this
> OS is so popular?
How would you like to upgrade to Windows 8 :-)

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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