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Old 05-19-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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I'm xfce and have the choice between kde, gnome and root. Which is the best choice?


I'm running Xubuntu 15.04 and I've been looking at backups in the Ubuntu Software Center. There's one backup called backintime and there's three choices (see screenshot) and none are xfce. Which is the best choice?
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:31 PM   #2
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Backintime is a front end to rsync, diff and cp (see the man pages of these commands to have an idea of what they do). According to the project's website, three versions (interfaces) are available, exactly as you can see on the list provided by your package manager: KDE (which will need some dependencies from the KDE desktop environment), GNOME (which will need some dependencies from GNOME) and a command-line version (no GUI) if I get it right. There's only one source tarball on the official web site, hence I guess that Xubuntu's packagers decided to create one different version for each interface. Anyway, you can run either one on Xfce: the difference will be in which dependencies are going to be pulled in by Xubuntu's package manager. Which one is "best" will depend on your tastes: the difference will be cosmetic. The GNOME version will be probably more consistent with Xfce than the KDE version, which is based on the Qt library. Before installing you might want to look at which packages are pulled in by the PM when you select one of the versions.

Here's the website, which includes documentation:

Back In Time: a simple backup tool for Linux

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Old 05-20-2015, 12:25 AM   #3
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Backintime is a front end to rsync, diff and cp (see the man pages of these commands to have an idea of what they do). According to the project's website, three versions (interfaces) are available, exactly as you can see on the list provided by your package manager: KDE (which will need some dependencies from the KDE desktop environment), GNOME (which will need some dependencies from GNOME) and a command-line version (no GUI) if I get it right. There's only one source tarball on the official web site, hence I guess that Xubuntu's packagers decided to create one different version for each interface. Anyway, you can run either one on Xfce: the difference will be in which dependencies are going to be pulled in by Xubuntu's package manager. Which one is "best" will depend on your tastes: the difference will be cosmetic. The GNOME version will be probably more consistent with Xfce than the KDE version, which is based on the Qt library. Before installing you might want to look at which packages are pulled in by the PM when you select one of the versions.

Here's the website, which includes documentation:

Back In Time: a simple backup tool for Linux
Thanks so much, Phillip. I think I'll just go with the GUI that looks more appealing then. Appreciate it.
 
Old 05-20-2015, 07:04 PM   #4
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Which is the best choice?
None of those

With Version 1.1.0 I moved from two GUIs for KDE and Gnome based Desktop to only one GUI using QT4 (backintime-qt4) which will run on all Desktops. I'd suppose to use the current version (1.1.4 at time of writing) from our stable repository

Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-qt4
Regards,
Germar, BIT Dev-Team
 
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:53 PM   #5
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None of those

With Version 1.1.0 I moved from two GUIs for KDE and Gnome based Desktop to only one GUI using QT4 (backintime-qt4) which will run on all Desktops. I'd suppose to use the current version (1.1.4 at time of writing) from our stable repository

Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-qt4
Regards,
Germar, BIT Dev-Team
Thanks. I couldn't find it either in Linux Mint 17.1's software center or its Synaptic.
 
Old 05-27-2015, 12:57 AM   #6
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None of those

With Version 1.1.0 I moved from two GUIs for KDE and Gnome based Desktop to only one GUI using QT4 (backintime-qt4) which will run on all Desktops. I'd suppose to use the current version (1.1.4 at time of writing) from our stable repository

Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-qt4
Regards,
Germar, BIT Dev-Team
Hey, backintime is really awesome! Thank you!
 
Old 05-27-2015, 08:07 AM   #7
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for the next poor ol' sod...
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Originally Posted by Gregg Bell View Post
Thanks. I couldn't find it either in Linux Mint 17.1's software center or its Synaptic.
open a terminal and issue:
Code:
mintsources
Click on PPAs and add this string "ppa:bit-team/stable" w\out quotes. Hit the OK Button. Then :Update the cache" button. Exit.
Run synaptic and search for backintime.

I received this dialog:
Code:
ppa:bit-team/stable

This repository contains stable releases for Back In Time.

https://launchpad.net/~bit-team/+archive/ubuntu/stable
See https://launchpad.net/~bit-team/+archive/ubuntu/stable for additional details.
 
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:24 PM   #8
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for the next poor ol' sod...


open a terminal and issue:
Code:
mintsources
Click on PPAs and add this string "ppa:bit-team/stable" w\out quotes. Hit the OK Button. Then :Update the cache" button. Exit.
Run synaptic and search for backintime.

I received this dialog:
Code:
ppa:bit-team/stable

This repository contains stable releases for Back In Time.

https://launchpad.net/~bit-team/+archive/ubuntu/stable


See https://launchpad.net/~bit-team/+archive/ubuntu/stable for additional details.
A question from the current ol' sod: any advantage to doing it your way? I've got to install backintime on two more computers. Doing it with SOM30N3's commands worked great.

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Old 05-31-2015, 07:39 AM   #9
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A question from the current ol' sod: any advantage to doing it your way?
There is no difference between both ways. Except Habitual's way provides some fancy buttons to click on ;D
 
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:37 PM   #10
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There is no difference between both ways. Except Habitual's way provides some fancy buttons to click on ;D
oooo! Fancy buttons! (How could I resist those!) Thanks for responding.
 
  


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