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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

steaming open cup: At last ... a Firefox that's at least as fast as Chrome

At last ... a Firefox that's at least as fast as Chrome

26Jun2009 I just downloaded the latest Firefox 3.5 release candidate and well, although it's not yet the final product, I should say I'm extremely satisfied with what they've accomplished so far. Here's a screen shot after the download. I know ... I did the download via Google Chrome. =)

Skipping on down...

All in all, I think Firefox has finally done it. It's now as fast as Chrome ... and even more stable.



Monday, June 29, 2009

Fedora Project

Fedora Project

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List of Free GNU/Linux Distributions - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Free GNU/Linux distributions

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These are the GNU/Linux distributions we know of which have a firm policy commitment to only include and only propose free software. They reject non-free applications, non-free programming platforms, non-free drivers, or non-free firmware "blobs". If by mistake they do include any, they remove it. To learn more about what makes for a free GNU/Linux distribution, see our Guidelines for Free System Distributions.

If you know of a distribution that may qualify but isn't listed here, please ask the distribution's maintainers if they want to follow these free software principles. If they do, and they would like their distribution to be listed here, they should write to <>. Some distributions are making efforts to move toward a completely free system. We thank them for their on-going work to achieve that goal, and hope to list them here some day.

If you're wondering why a certain popular distribution isn't listed here, you may want to check our page explaining why we don't endorse some common distributions. There, we've listed the reasons why several well-known distributions don't meet our guidelines.

All of the distributions that follow are installable to a computer hard drive and most can be run live. They are listed in no particular order. We list companies that sell hardware preinstalled with a free GNU/Linux distribution separately.

  • gNewSense, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu, with sponsorship from the FSF.
  • Ututo, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Gentoo. It was the first fully free GNU/Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.
  • Dragora, an independent GNU/Linux distribution based on concepts of simplicity.
  • Dynebolic, a GNU/Linux distribution, with special emphasis on audio and video editing.
  • Musix GNU+Linux, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special emphasis on audio production.
  • BLAG, BLAG Linux and GNU, a free GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora.
  • Trisquel, a GNU/Linux distribution oriented to small enterprises, domestic users and educational centers.

The following distributions have expressed their intent to follow the Guidelines for Free System Distributions, and are currently under review:

  • GNUstep Live, a GNU/Linux distribution with a user interface based on GNUstep, a free implementation of the Cocoa/OpenStep framework.
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Virtualization With KVM On A Fedora 11 Server | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

Virtualization With KVM On A Fedora 11 Server

Version 1.0
Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
Last edited 06/16/2009

This guide explains how you can install and use KVM for creating and running virtual machines on a Fedora 11 server. I will show how to create image-based virtual machines and also virtual machines that use a logical volume (LVM). KVM is short for Kernel-based Virtual Machine and makes use of hardware virtualization, i.e., you need a CPU that supports hardware virtualization, e.g. Intel VT or AMD-V.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

g4u - Harddisk Image Cloning for PCs

What is it?

    g4u ("ghosting for unix") is a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two functions. The first is to upload the compressed image of a local harddisk to a FTP server, the other is to restore that image via FTP, uncompress it and write it back to disk. Network configuration is fetched via DHCP. As the harddisk is processed as an image, any filesystem and operating system can be deployed using g4u. Easy cloning of local disks as well as partitions is also supported.

    For the curious, I've added a few screenshots:

    1. Booting g4u in bochs
    2. Device detection
    3. Welcome to g4u!
    4. Some random g4u commands
    5. Uploading a disk image with uploaddisk
    6. Restoring with slurpdisk
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Linux Links - The Linux Portal: Software/Backup

Linux Links - The Linux Portal: Software/Backup:

    Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver: a backup system that allows the administrator of a LAN to set up a single master backup server to back up multiple hosts to a single large capacity tape drive. AMANDA uses native dump and/or GNU tar facilities and can back up a large number of workstations running multiple versions of Unix. Read more hot
  • Bacula
    Bacula is a set of computer programs that permit you (or the system administrator) to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Read more hot
  • ftape
    ftape is a driver program that controls various low-cost tape drives that connect to the floppy controller. ftape is not a backup program as such; it is a device driver, which allows you to use your floppy tape drive. All versions of ftape are copyrighted under the GNU General Public License. hot
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    IBM Tivoli Storage Manager enables you to protect your organization?s data from failures and other errors by storing backup, archive, space management and bare-metal restore data, as well as compliance and disaster-recovery data in a hierarchy of offline storage. hot
  • KDat
    KDat is a tar based tape archiver, that is designed to work with multiple archives on a single tape. KDat was inspired by two separate goals. The first, was to provide a nice, GUI front-end to tar that supported the fast selective extraction features of the dds2tar program. The second goal was to answer my wife's question, "How much longer is it going to be backing up?!?". hot
  • mondo rescue
    Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution. It supports Linux (i386, x86_64, ia64) and FreeBSD (i386). It's packaged for multiple distributions (RedHat, RHEL, SuSE, SLES, Mandriva, Debian, Gentoo). It supports tapes, disks, network and CD/DVD as backup media, multiple filesystems, LVM, software and hardware Raid. Mondo is in use by Lockheed-Martin, Nortel Networks, Siemens, HP (US and France), IBM, NASA's JPL, the US Dept of Agriculture, dozens of smaller companies, and tens of thousands of users. hot
  • afBackup
    afbackup is a client-server backup system allowing many workstations to backup to a central server (simultaneously or serially). Backups can be started remotely from the server or via cron jobs on the the clients.
  • Amanda CDRW-Taper
    The Amanda CDRW-Taper is a drop-in replacement for the taper component of the Amanda backup system. CDRW-Taper makes it possible to dump backups to CD-RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RW instead of tape. CDRW-Taper is licensed under the GNU general public license.
  • Arkeia
    (commercial) Arkeia data protection software is designed to ease the life of system administrators while improving efficiency. Arkeia offers established backup solutions for departments and mid-size businesses utilizing Linux.
  • Arkeia Disaster Recovery
    (commercial) This add-on automatically rebuilds a backed up client (or the Arkeia backup server) from scratch with a simple bootable CD solution. It avoids a long, tedious setup that can take precious hours (or days) of a system administrator's valuable time.
  • Back In Time
    Back In Time is a simple backup system for the GNOME desktop inspired by the "flyback project" and "TimeVault". The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories. All you have to do is configure: where to save snapshot, what directories to backup, and when a backup should be done (manually, every hour, every day, every week, or every month). It acts as a "user mode" backup system. This means that you can backup and restore only folders to which you have write access.
  • BackerUpper
    BackerUpper was designed to be a very simple to setup and maintain backup system. BackerUpper is intended to be executed by crond a little after midnight every day and performs a backup of the previous days changes.
  • Backup Manager
    Backup Manager is a command line backup tool for GNU/Linux, designed to help you make daily archives of your file system. Written in bash and perl, it can make tar, tar.gz,, and zip archives and can be run in a parallel mode with different configuration files.
  • Backup Professional
    (commercial) A backup and recovery solution that sports a GUI interface that runs under a wide variety of operating systems including Linux.
  • backup2l
    backup2l is a lightweight command line tool for generating, maintaining and restoring backups on a mountable file system (e.g. hard disk). The main design goals are are low maintenance effort, efficiency, transparency and robustness. In a default installation, backups are created autonomously by a cron script.
  • BackupEDGE
    (commercial) Software that has the following features: Disaster Recovery (Floppy, CD, DVD, REVtm, OBDRtm, DRTapetm) (Including BootableBackupstm for Tape, CD/DVD and REV), Encrypted Archives, Graphical, Character, and Web-Based User Interface and more.
  • BackupSW
    (commercial) A practical backup solution for personal computers. It is designed for easy recovery of files, it does not use any special devices or proprietary file formats. BackupSW is a multi-platform application.
    Bastrama is a command-line tool to manage backup files that are stored on random access memory (e.g. hard drives). It implements an infinite grandfather-father-son strategy by deleting a defined subset of the backup files, therefore saving storage space while still keeping some of the older backups in case something went wrong (and needs to be restored from) a long time ago.
  • Box Backup
    Box Backup is an open source, completely automatic on-line backup system for UNIX: no tape or archive devices are used, all data is encrypted, and only changes within files are sent to the server, just like rsync.
  • BRU Server
    (commercial) BRU Server for Linux is a native Linux backup software solution that protects critical information residing across your client/server network served by a Linux server system. BRU Server for Linux continues the heritage of providing Ultra-reliable Linux backup that began in 1994.
  • c42 Backup Suite
    The c42-backup suite is a simple python program for maintaining a central backup in a small, but distributed environment with a central file share. Basically it is a wrapper around the tar backup facility.
  • CDBackup
    CDBackup is a utility designed to make backups to CD- R(W) media easier. It is designed to work with any backup and restore software that can read from stdin,write to stdout, and can handle linear devices such as tape drives. Dump/restore, cpio, afio, and tar should all work fine.
  • cdbkup
    cdbkup is a professional-grade open-source package for backing up filesystems onto CD-Rs or CD-RWs. It supports full or incremental backups, results are stored as GNU tarballs on ISO 9660 filesystems.
  • Cedar Backup
    Cedar Backup is a Python package that supports backups of files on local and remote hosts to CD-R or CD-RW media over a secure network connection. Cedar Backup also includes extensions that understand how to back up MySQL databases and Subversion repositories, and it can be easily extended to support other data sources as well.
  • CloneIt
    Created to copy and essentially clone harddisks of identical PCs through a network. This is a common task when installing server racks or farms or updating a computer-lab setup where one deals with identical machines.
  • confstore
    Confstore is a configuration backup utility. Confstore scans your system for all recognised configuration files and then stores them in a simple archive. Confstore can also read these archives, restore configuration from them, upload them to a FTP server, mail them to an email account, encrypt them and maintain a master archive of all of them.
  • cpio
    GNU cpio copies files into or out of a cpio or tar archive. The archive can be another file on the disk, a magnetic tape, or a pipe. GNU cpio supports the following archive formats: binary, old ASCII, new ASCII, crc, HPUX binary, HPUX old ASCII, old tar, and POSIX.1 tar.
  • Crackup
    Crackup is a pretty simple, pretty secure remote backup solution for folks who want to keep their data securely backed up but aren't particularly concerned about bandwidth usage. Crackup is ideal for backing up lots of small files, but somewhat less ideal for backing up large files, since any change to a file means the entire file must be transferred.
  • dar
    dar is a shell command that backs up directory trees and files. It has been tested under Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD, and NetBSD, and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  • dbackup
    dbackup is a disk-based client-server backup system for Linux or other UNIX systems. It works on the principal that disks are cheaper and more reliable than tapes.
  • dds2tar
    dds2tar can find any file within an archive on a DAT tape and start the extraction within 40 seconds on HP-DAT tape drives and other devices.
    Distributed Internet Archive System for Educational Repositories (DIASER) is an advanced backup volume management system with triple redundancy. A quick and low-cost way to make an environment more robust by backing up data in multiple places.
  • DIBS
    Distributed Internet Backup System works by doing all its communication through email. The benefit of using email for transport is that clients behind firewalls or with intermittent connections to the Internet can use DIBS reliably.
  • dkopp
    Dkopp is a program for copying or backing up disk files to DVD. Full or incremental backups can be made, with full or incremental DVD verification. Dkopp uses a GUI to navigate through directories to select or de-select files or directories at any level. Backup jobs can be saved for recurring use. New, deleted, and updated files are handled automatically, without re-editing the backup job. An incremental backup updates the same DVD used for a prior full backup. Large backup jobs can be done using multiple DVDs. A GUI restore function is also provided. Differences between disk and DVD can be reported in total, by directory and by file.
  • dnbackup
    Yet another client/server backup program for UNIX. dnbackup is NOT yet ready for use. It is currently in the design and early implementation phase.
  • Dump/restore
    Dump examines files in a filesystem, determines which ones need to be backed up, and copies those files to a specified disk, tape or other storage medium. Subsequent incremental backups can then be layered on top of the full backup.
  • Duplicity
    Duplicity backs up directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server.
  • Eloy Backup System
    Eloy is a command line backup system. You simply define the directories to back up, and Eloy does partial backups of all changes. You can easily list all changes and restore older versions of files and directories.
  • ESR Backup
    ESR Backup is a simple easy to use backup system for UNIX and Linux. It provides a simple, easy to configure solution for file system integrity. It works on an automatic 2 week cycle to assure you have an easy to recover system. ESR Backup is completely free to use and is distributed under the ARTISTIC license.
  • FauBackup
    FauBackup uses a filesystem on a hard drive for incremental and full backups. All Backups can easily be accessed by standard filesystem tools (ls, find, grep, cp, ...).
  • FileBunker
    FileBunker is a file backup application which uses one or more GMail accounts as its backup repository. Because each GMail account supplies 1000 megabytes of storage, it serves as an excellent facility for this purpose. Files are compressed and encrypted for security and efficiency, and can be restored on demand.
  • fsbackup
    An incremental backup creation utility. support backup compression and encryption. Backup can be stored on local file system and on remote host stored over SSH or FTP.
  • g4u
    g4u ("ghost for unix") is a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two functions.
  • GAdmin-Rsync
    GAdmin-Rsync is an easy to use GTK+ frontend for the rsync backup client and server.
  • glastree
    The poor man's daily snapshot, glastree builds live backup trees, with branches for each day. Users directly browse the past to recover older documents or retrieve lost files. Hard links serve to compress out unchanged files, while modified ones are copied verbatim. A prune utility effects a constant, sliding window.
  • Grsync
    Grsync is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for rsync, the commandline directory synchronization tool. It makes use of the GTK2 libraries and it is released under the GPL2.
  • gzip Recovery Toolkit
    the gzip Recovery Toolkit attempts to automate the recovery of data from corrupted gzip files through a program called gzrecover and from corrupted tar files through a new --recover option to GNU tar.
  • hdimage
    hdimage is a tool for imaging or copying hard disk partitions or entire disks. It cleans unused blocks on ext2 partitions and may be used as a backup tool for Linux partitions.
  • Hdup2
    Hdup2 is a backup utilty, it's aim is to make backup really simple. The backup scheduling is done by means of a cronjob. Is supports a include/exclude mechanism, remote backups, encrypted backups and split backups (called chunks) to allow easy burning to CD/DVD.
  • Hydra Backup System
    Hydra makes it easy to do backups from one or more networked machines to one or more FTP servers. It is written in Python and is composed of a client, which issues various administrative commands to a hydra server, and the server itself. Hydra servers run on machines where backups are to take place, so a separate hydra instance must be run on each machine that will do data backups.
  • iBackup
    iBackup simplifies backing up the system configuration files (/etc) for UNIX systems (Solaris, *BSD, Linux). You can run the program from any directory, it will by default save the (maybe compressed) tarball to /root.
  • ignis
    ignis is a special backup program for the SOHO sector. It implements a full-backup strategy, a mix between the backup schemes of GFS and Tower of Hanoi. It is meant for backing up onto DVDs or simular media. Normally, it is called via cron to perform the backups and checks.
  • IRBS
    Imlug Remote Backup System makes backup copies of directories and stores a copy in the local machine and send a copy with Rsync through ssh to a remote sshd server.
  • KaTeker
    KaTeker is a backup tool for Linux useful for small companies and individuals. It saves data onto hard disks and CDs, DVDs or other random access media.
  • KBackup
    KBackup is al backup program for handling backups, which supports tapes, floppy drives and removable hard drives. It supports include lists, exclude lists, and even backing up to a file.
  • KDar
    KDE Disk archiver is a convenient graphical interface to Denis Corbin's libdar archiving and backup C++ library. You can safely backup (with compression if you like), view and restore files using KDar, along with a few easy UNIX commands for mounting and burning CD-R's, Zip and Jazz drives, DVD-R's, floppies, or any other disk-based storage media.
  • kddgz
    Kddgz is a KDE application which aims to make(backup) and to restore hard disk partition images. It uses the Linux command-line utility "dd" and zlib.
  • Keep
    Keep is an automatic backup program that allows users to set the parameters of the backup, including the frequency and the number of backups. It is designed to be a simple backup system for KDE. Read more
  • Kernel for Linux
    (commercial) Kernel for Linux will recover your data from corrupted linux partition having Ext2FS, Ext3FS, JFS, ReiserFS file system.
  • konserve
    Konserve is a small backup application for the KDE 3.x environment. It lives in the system tray and is able to create backups of several directories or files periodically. Konserve uses standard KDE network transparency to upload your backups to wherever you want (for example a ftp server). It is also possible to restore an accidentally deleted file or directory from a backup file with just one mouse click.
  • Lazy Backup
    Lazybackup is a backup system that is intended to be so easy to use that even lazy people will do it. It archives, burns, verifies, and spans disks. Archives are in the 'dar' format and are burned to DVDs.
  • Linbox Backup Server
    (commercial) Allows you to save and restore whole hard disk partitions of any PC to a server, independently of the PC operating system.
  • Linbox Rescue Server
    A tool to centralize hard disk images, file backups, hardware inventory, Windows PCs software inventory, and remote access on a single server. It can be managed from any PC through a Web-based administration interface, and disk images can be restored using PXE boot and Multicast TFTP, or using a bootable CD or DVD. It supports Ext2/3, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, NTFS, and FAT filesystems (including Windows' dynamic disks).
  • mag-tape
    The mag-tape package is a collection of utilities for manipulating UNIX magnetic tapes, including copying and comparing tapes.
  • Midnight Backup
    Midnight Backup will be a flexible framework composed of plugins that will allow system administrators to develop sophisticated backup systems.
  • mkCDrec
    mkCDrec makes a bootable (El Torito) disaster recovery image (CDrec.iso), including backups of the linux system to the same CD-ROM (or CD-RW) if space permits, or to a multi-volume CD-ROM set.
  • multiCD
    multiCD provides an easy way to backup a large number of files to multiple CDs.
  • NasBackup
    NasBackup is an open source backup solution. It is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up MS Windows desktop PCs, laptops and servers to network disks. NasBackup is a highly configurable solution and easy to install and maintain.
  • NetVault
    (commercial) NetVault is an easy to use, fully functional, high performance, scalable backup and recovery storage management software.
  • NVnetbackup
    NVnetbackup (Not Veritas netbackup) is a simple backup system framework for data in an SMB networked environment. It can also be used for backing up local data. The primary focus of this system is the simple selection of data to be backed up and the security of said data. It is also very portable because it relies on common Linux tools and its behavior is controlled entirely by a single and simple configuration file.
  • openduckbill
    Openduckbill is a simple command line backup tool for Linux. It is capable of monitoring files and directories marked for backup for any changes, and transferring these changes either to a local backup directory, a remote NFS exported partition, or a remote SSH server using rsync. It can either maintain an exact copy of the source at the backup destination, or maintain both current and previous versions of the source at the backup destination.
  • pbackup
    pbackup is a small utility for backing up and restoring file permissions on GNU/Linux and compatible Unix-based systems. It enables you to store the current access permissions from any part of the file system to a local file. This file can later be used to restore modified access permissions if needed.
  • pdumpfs
    pdumpfs is a simple daily backup system similar to Plan9's dumpfs which preserves every daily snapshot. pdumpfs is written in Ruby. You can access the past snapshots at any time for retrieving a certain day's file.
  • Pybackpack
    Pybackpack is a graphical tool to make file backup simpler. It provides a user-friendly interface which allows you to back up your files easily to an archive, to a CD/DVD or to a remote location using SSH.
  • pybackup
    pybackup is a Python program that performs backups by compression files before creating tar archives, which offers better protection against faulty backup media than compressing the entire archive.
  • R-Linux
    (commercial) R-Linux is a data recovery and undelete tool for Ext2FS (Linux) file system. File recovery after power failure, system crash, virus infection or partition with the files was reformatted, even for different file system.
  • Random Access Backup
    RAB is a backup program featuring backups to removable media and to CDR(W). Here, a removable medium may be anything like a DVD RAM, a MO medium or even a partition on another hard drive. RAB supports full backups and incremental backups configurable on a per directory basis. Most of RAB's functionality is implemented by a shared library, so it is easy to create customized backup applications for your personal system.
  • rdiff-backup
    rdiff-backup backs up one directory to another, possibly over a network. The target directory ends up a copy of the source directory, but extra reverse diffs are stored in a special subdirectory of that target directory, so you can still recover files lost some time ago. The idea is to combine the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.
  • REOBack
    REOBack (pronounced as ray-o-back), is a backup solution designed for Linux users/system admins. It supports scheduled full/incremental backups, remote transfers via NFS or FTP as well as auto-deletion of old backups.
    RESTORE is an enterprise network backup and recovery solution for Windows, Novell, Mac OS X (data fork), Unix, and Linux systems. It is scalable to a complete backup solution for multiple workstations, servers, and data centers. It operates over local area networks, wide area networks, and the Internet.
  • RVM
    RVM is an archive manager that uses rsync to manage backups of multiple clients across multiple logical partitions (vaults). It has some features that some other rsync-based backup schemes lack, such as being written in C++, needing no scripts or other programs than rsync and any binaries on which rsync depends (such as SSH), the ability to manage multiple instances of rsync connections to separate clients in parallel, the ability to use multiple logical partitions (vaults) in a configurable fashion for purporses of redundancy and added reliability, and the use of hard links for files that have not changed from one archive to the next.
  • SafeKeep
    SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. It is based on rdiff-backup, a tried and tested backup solution with fast and easy deployment. It has centralized configuration, built-in support for LVM snapshots, PostgreSQL and MySQL dumps, secure setup via SSH tunneling, with built-in key management, with a clean, easy to understand Python code-base.
  • SBackup
    SBackup is a simple backup solution intended for desktop use. It can backup any subset of files and directories. Exclusions can be defined by regular expressions. A maximum individual file size limit can be defined. Backups may be saved to any local and remote directories that are supported by gnome-vfs. There is a Gnome GUI interface for configuration and restore.
  • scdbackup
    scdbackup is a simplified CD backup program for Linux. It can back up large amounts of data on one or more CDs, with no special tools needed for reading the backup.
  • Simplebackup
    Simplebackup is a cross-platform backup program. It reads a configuration file, then it builds a compressed file for each of your backup directories or files on your backup list, and places the compressed files into another location. For example, this location can be a network mapped drive in Windows, an NFS mounted drive in Unix, another hard disk, an FTP, SFTP (Secure FTP / SSH2), A HTTP (WebDav) server, or more email accounts, or a tape device (Unix only). This will duplicate your information, doing the so called "backup".
  • sitback
    Sitback is a backup daemon/utility for small/medium scale systems. It's easy to setup and maintain but do not expect to setup advanced backup networks with this.
  • Slony-I
    Slony-I is a "master to multiple slaves" replication system with cascading and failover. Slony-I is a system for data centers and backup sites, where the normal mode of operation is that all nodes are available.
  • spantape
    spantape is a replacement for dd that features the ability to sequentially span a stream of bytes across multiple SCSI tapes. It supports both fixed and variable block sizes and assures the correct order of tapes during data recovery.
  • splitpipe
    splitpipe allows streaming piped output to span multiple volumes, which might be floppies, cd-recordables, dvd's.
  • storebackup
    storebackup lets you backup to another disk. Several optimizations for reducing needed disk space and to improve performance. Unifies the advantages of traditional full and incremental backups. It includes tools for analyzing backup data and restoring.
  • Storix System Backup Administrator
    (commercial) Storix System Backup Administrator (SBA) for Linux and AIX provides a user-friendly graphical user interface for complete backup management. SBA also provides the most flexible full system recovery available, supporting various filesystem types, LVM and software RAID, system cloning, and migration onto any hardware configuration. SBA also provides backup encryption and SMB data backup for Windows clients.
  • Synbak
    Synbak is meant to unify several backup methods in a single application while supplying a powerful reporting system. Synbak is a wrapper for several existing backup programs suppling to the end user a common method for configuration that will manage the execution logic of any single backup and will make detailed reports of backups result.
  • Syncsort Backup Express
    (commercial) Syncsort Backup Express is an enterprise-level data protection solution that backs up and restores data and applications for a variety of operating systems. It has data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity planning capabilities.
  • Tapeback
    Tapeback is a general purpose tape backup and restore utility set that supports modern SCSI based tape drives. The tapeback utility set also includes a kernel patch (should work on both recent 2.4 and 2.6 Linux kernels) to facilitate real-time tape load status reporting.
  • Taper
    Taper is an easy to use backup solution for Linux. It allows backups to tape drives, filesystems, floppy drives, removable devices... In fact, any device that Linux supports. Incremental backup & selective restores are available, as well as backup verifies.
  • TapeWare
    (commercial) A storage management and disaster recovery software solution. It is a multi-OS (Windows, Linux and NetWare) and multi-language (available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese) product.
  • tbackup
    tbackup is a general backup system that has both a menu-driven user-friendly interface for interactive use and a flexible command line interface for use in scripts and automatic maintenance. It handles multi-volume archives (even if the volumes have different lengths, and span on partially used cartridges). It can back-up from streams, so that you can tar a group of files, compress them with your favourite program, crypt them and save them to a tape with a single command line, or you can redirect your printouts to the tape.
  • TkPar
    TkPar is a simple frontend for the command line Parchive programm, written in Perl/Tk. It supports checking, and restoring par sets. To run you need to have perl 5.6, and the perl module Tk installed.
  • tob
    Tape-Oriented Backup is a general driver for making and maintaining backups. Given a set of `volume definitions', it creates arj, tar or afio based backups, and stores them either to a device in /dev, or a file in the filesystem, to be burned to optical media later, moved off to other machines, etc. Through a straightforward configuration file, you can instruct tob to mount and unmount devices before beginning backups.
  • tresor
    tresor offers full backup and fast restores for bytepositioning tape drives. This option is available on some Tandberg and Wangtek streamers and some SCSI-2 tape drives.
  • Uberbackup
    Uberbackup is a lightweight frontend for GNU tar that supports mt-st. Currently written using REALbasic 5.5.1 using it's Linux binary export feature.
  • Ukopp
    Ukopp is used to copy or back-up disk files to a disk or disk-like device, such as a USB stick. It copies only new or modified files since the last backup, and is therefore quite fast.
  • VitalFile for Real-Time Workstation Protection
    VitalFile for Real-Time Workstation Protection provides transparent real-time file-level protection. Any time a "user-created" file is changed, VitalFile makes up to three copies. One copy is tucked away on the current system, allowing for many versions. Another can be queued and sent to a file server (when online), and another can be sent into a Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) back-up server.
  • Xfiles
    Xfiles is an interactive utility for comparing and merging one file tree with another over a network. It supports freeform work on several machines (no need to keep track of what files are changed on which machine). Xfiles can also be used as a cross-validating disk<->disk backup strategy (portions of a disk may go bad at any time, with no simple indication of which files were affected. Cross-validate against a second disk before backup to make sure you aren't backing up bad data).
  • yacdbak
    yacdbak is intended to facilitate backups to multiple CD-recordables or CD-rewritables on Linux systems. It uses GNU tar and cdrecord.
  • ZetBackup
    (commercial) ZetBackup is a backup utility built especially for using external disks as backup media. ZetBackup has support for backing up a variety of systems, including SMB based system. ZetBackup comes with a comprehensive built in web administration GUI.
  • Zumastor
    The Zumastor Linux storage project adds enterprise storage features to Linux, primarily improved snapshots and remote replication. Point-in-time, near zero-cost, block level snapshots can be added to any existing filesystem and performance does not degrade with multiple snapshots. Remote replication is achieved by sending minimal block level deltas between snapshots without having to traverse the entire filesystem like rsync does.
  • ZZEE Active SQL Backup
    (shareware) ZZEE Active SQL Backup can do *incremental* or full backups of MySQL database, can compress data. Backed up data can be transferred by FTP or sent by email.
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Floppy Disk Recovery at Opensource Software Informer

Floppy Disk Recovery at Opensource Software Informer

Also has software for USB Drives and HD's. Quite a few listed herer...

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Lifehacker - Five Best Free System Restore Tools - Disk image

Five Best Free System Restore Tools

Backing up data is a great way to minimize losses after a computing catastrophe. But what about restoring your actual system right away? Here are the five most popular options for our readers. Photo by Robert Scoble.

Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite free system restoration tools for saving working computer states and bringing them back to life. You responded and we rounded up the top five free system restoration tools favored by

Note: I have used one mentioned in this article DriveImageXML and it is very powerful and fairly easy to learn how to use. Everything is laid out like Windows Explorer and you can choose all or one of your files to restore. Don

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PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost)

What is PING

PING is a live Linux ISO, based on the excellent Linux From Scratch (LFS) documentation. It can be burnt on a CD and booted, or integrated into a PXE / RIS environment.

Several tools have been added and written, so to make this ISO the perfect choice to backup and restore whole partitions, an easy way. It sounds like Symantec Ghost(tm), but has even better features, and is totally free.

Features include:

  • Probably the best available Linux toolbox for rescuing a system;
  • Backup and Restore partitions or files locally or to the network (MS Network Shared directory, NFS, FTP or SSHFS);
  • Backup and Restore the BIOS data as well;
  • Either burn a bootable CD / DVD, either integrate within a PXE / RIS environment;
  • Possibility to Blank local admin's password;
  • Create your own restoration bootable DVD (see the Howto Documentation);
  • Partition and Format a disk before installing Windows (so to make sure your unattended Windows installation will happen on the right partition);

  • Specific advantages PING brings you over DOS and Ghost :
    • Most network cards automatically recognized by the Kernel (unlike DOS);
    • Most CD/DVD readers automatically recognized by the Kernel (unlike DOS);
    • You don't have to run a Ghostcast server to receive images over the network;
    • More supported filesystems;
    • You can store an image on several CD/DVD (CD/DVD-spanning);
    • You can backup and restore BIOS settings too;
    • Much much smaller than WinPE / BartPE;
    • etc.
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EASEUS Disk Copy: Free Disk Copy, Disk Clone, Partition Copy Software. Sector by Sector for hard drive backup freeware.

EASEUS Disk Copy

EASEUS Disk Copy is a potent freeware providing sector-by-sector disk/partition clone regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme. The sector-by-sector method assures you a copy 100% identical to the original. Disk Copy can be used for copy, cloning, or upgrading your original small hard drive to a new larger drive. Simply speaking, it can copy anything from the old hard drive including the deleted, lost files and inaccessible data. So, the freeware is a perfect tool for Data Recovery Wizard to recover files from a backup disk.

Do you want to copy faster than EASEUS Disk Copy? Do you want to copy under Windows OS? Why not try EASEUS Partition Master which offers fast file-by-file copy, efficient disk copy and partition copy. Compared with the integrality of data through sector by sector copy, file by file copy feature in EASEUS Partition Master is faster because it is only based on the files. After copy files, you may manage your partition with more advanced features, such as extend system partition without reboot to maximize computer performance and better manage the hard disk usage without destroying data. It supports Resize/Move, Create, Deleted and Format, Hide and Unhide partitions etc in Windows Operating System. Read more...


  • Copy all of your hard drive: Creating a bootable CD/DVD, it allows you to copy entire disk in case of unknown/proprietary file systems.
  • Partition copy: Enables you to copy one partition to another partition you want.
  • Disk copy: Enables you to clone one disk to another sector by sector.
  • Sector by sector copy: Makes physical 1:1 copies (clones) of hard disks and partitions. This ensures 100% identity to the original.
  • Safe, simple and fast: It is a very fast and easy way to copy all or part of a hard drive to another hard drive with Disk Copy.
  • More Features...

When to use Disk Copy?

Upgrading hard disks

Disk Copy is specially useful if you want to replace the older smaller hard disk by a newer larger hard disk without having to install the Operating System and applications once again. The media used as destination should be of the same size as the source media or larger to ensure that all data will be copied.

Data rescue

In case of hard disks with defective areas it is especially important to back up data to an intact medium before starting any recovery attempts because the recovery procedure may cause further defects resulting from the inherent exposure of this procedure, while the physical copying of Disk Copy causes much less exposure than any other usage due to its linear operation. After backup, you can perform a recovery on the destination medium without having to fear any further damages. To recover lost data or partition table from the hard disk, Data Recovery Wizard and Partition Table Doctor are recommended.

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Don JSummer JSummer

JSummer is a tool to compute and check MD5, MD4, MD2, SHA-160, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512, RIPEMD128, RIPEMD160, WHIRLPOOL, TIGER, HAVAL message digest. Console-Version and GUI. Implemented in Java.
Still in beta but it in a usable state!

It contains:
- a console-tool compatible to the GNU md5sum and sha1sum
- grafical interface
- for windows: installer, *.exe-wrapper for java-version and file-menue entries

- calculation of MD5, SHA160 and SHA256 message digest
- recursion of directories
- checking of MD5, SHA160 and SHA256 message digest

Open Source or Free Disk Cloning Utilities :: How-To Geek Wiki

Open Source or Free Disk Cloning Utilities :: How-To Geek Wiki

Instead of buying an expensive disk cloning software, you can use free
alternatives to provide similar features without paying any money at all.

* 1 Boot CD
o 1.1 EASEUS Disk Copy
o 1.2 Clonezilla
* 2 Windows Based
o 2.1 DriveImageXML
o 2.2 Windows Vista Ultimate Disk Imaging
* 3 Linux Based
o 3.1 PartImage
o 3.2 Linbox Rescue Server
o 3.3 FOG

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Free file and disk utilities.

Free file and disk utilities.

Free Disk Catalog Programs
Free Compression, Split and ZIP programs
Free Executable Compressors
Free Folder & File Synchronizers
Free File & Document Converters
Free Backup Programs
Free Disk Search Engines
Free Disk Management Utilities
Free Disk Image Software
Free Virtual Disks
Free Remote File Storage/Sharing/Backup
Free FTP Programs
Send very large files for free
Free Data Recovery Tools
Data Wiping Tools
Free File Management Utilities
File Formats and File Extensions
CD and DVD utilities
Free File-system Drivers
Free Boot Disks
Related Freebyte pages
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Friday, June 26, 2009

NCH Software Download Site

NCH Software Download Site

Cooliris adds support for browser tabs

Cooliris is a browser plugin that lets you search for and view pictures and videos from sites including YouTube, Flickr, and Google Images. It works with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Flock, all of which support tabbed browsing. But up until recent, Cooliris didn't support tabs at all. When you launched the plugin, it would automatically show you a full screen media browser. The only way to search for multiple items would be to launch separate instances of the browser and flip between them.

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What PC makers are paying for Windows 7 | Tech News on ZDNet

What PC makers are paying for Windows 7 | Tech News on ZDNet

By Ina Fried CNET News
Posted on ZDNet News: Jun 26, 2009 5:14:48 AM

Microsoft plans to charge PC makers the same for the business version of Windows 7 as it did for Windows Vista, while cutting the price of Windows 7 Home Premium as compared to its predecessor, a top Windows executive told CNET News on Thursday. That matches a similar move for the boxed copy of the software.

Microsoft's pricing plans for Windows 7, which will be available October 22 on both new PCs, has been the source of considerable tension between the PC makers and the software maker, both of which are trying to grapple with both declining demand and falling prices for traditional PCs.

In an interview on Thursday, Senior Vice President Bill Veghte acknowledged that there has been tension between Microsoft and the PC makers over pricing, but said that is always the case when Microsoft readies a new version of its operating system.

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Jotti's malware scan

There are times when a file may come up showing as infected with a Virus
in your Virus Scanner, but you may have a reason to think that it really
is not infected. This is called a False Positive. This is a great Web
Site to Scan a file for a false positive on file suspected of having a
Virus or to confirm that it is infected. I uses several scanners at once
to give you a good idea if it really is infected or not.


Configure Bacula for Open Source Backups

Configure Bacula for Open Source Backups
June 25, 2009
By Deann Corum

Since we covered installation and a very basic initial run the last time we looked at Bacula, let's look at some of the more specific configuration options and capabilities this time.

We aren't trying to provide a comprehensive collection of all Bacula capabilities, which are incredibly numerous. Instead, we want to give you an overview of how Bacula's basic options and capabilities might be configured.

Device Resources

Device resources specify the details of a storage device that can be used by the Bacula storage daemon. One of the most common storage devices likely to be used are tape autochangers. In Bacula, storage devices are configured in the bacula-sd.conf file as well as in the bacula-dir.conf file. An autochanger configuration in bacula-sd.conf might look similar to the following:

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Important info if you access Hotmail using Outlook, Outlook Express, or Entourage - Windows Live

Important info if you access Hotmail using Outlook, Outlook Express, or
Entourage - Windows Live!2F7EB29B42641D59!40879.entry

using outlook hotmail - Google Search


Computer Help - AOL Help

How to Use Mozilla Thunderbird to Read and Send AOL or AIM E-mail

This article will help you configure Mozilla® Thunderbird™ to read and send AOL® e-mail.

Setting up the Mozilla Thunderbird client to read and send AOL email is a two-step process. First, you need to add your email account in Thunderbird. Once the email account is created, you will need to configure your Thunderbird to send and receive your AOL email.

You can download and install Mozilla Thunderbird using one of these links:

  • Click here to download and install Thunderbird for Windows®
  • Click here to download and install Thunderbird for Mac

Computer Help - AOL Help

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Using webmail with your email client - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

Using webmail with your email client

From MozillaZine Knowledge Base

This article was written for Thunderbird but also applies to Mozilla Suite / SeaMonkey (though some menu sequences may differ).

Thunderbird supports using POP and IMAP mail servers for fetching/reading new messages. It does not support webmail. If you want to use webmail (or WebDAV or HTTPMail) with Thunderbird you need to use an extension or an add-on that essentially makes it emulate a POP or IMAP account.

  • Yahoo! typically provides access to a POP server if you have a free account in a non-USA yahoo domain (for example though you may have to sign up for Yahoo Delivers. If you get a free account in the USA ( you only have support for webmail and need to add something like the YPOPs! add-on or the webmail extension.
  • Gmail provides a free POP and SMTP server with all webmail accounts.
  • MSN/Hotmail provides a free POP and SMTP server with all webmail accounts.
If you check "Tools -> Account Settings -> Server Settings -> Leave messages on server" you can access your mail both from Thunderbird and from a browser. You may want to set the number of days it keeps a copy to avoid filling up your

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How to Send and Receive Hotmail from Thunderbird :: Mysticgeek’s Realm

I did this and it works great in Thunderbird IceDove version

How to Send and Receive Hotmail from Thunderbird :: Mysticgeek's Realm


Google Voice still in private beta, but invites on their way

I have been using this since it first started as Grand Central. It's a great free service, with a local Phone Number, Voice Mail and Call forwarding for your other Phone Numbers. And I believer Google Plans to keep it free when they take it out of Beta and offer it to the general Public. Check it out...

Google is beginning to send out invites to people who signed up to try Google Voice. The service is still in private beta, but this is the first time new users will be able to gain access to the service since Google purchased the technology from GrandCentral. Up until now, only former GrandCentral users have been able to use Google Voice.

Google Voice allows users to route all of their phone calls through a central phone number. For instance, if you have a home phone, cellphone, and work number, you can link them all to Google Voice and just give out a single number to your contacts. When they call your Google Voice number, all of your phones will ring. You can also use the service to check your voicemail online, transcribe voicemails and forward them to your email account, screen calls, or perform a whole slew of other nifty features.

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Using Thunderbird with Gmail IMAP

Video How to... Using Thunderbird with Gmail IMAP