Saturday, 19 April 2014

Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 with TimeShift & Aptik

It's that time of the year again. A new release of Ubuntu is out and you're debating whether and when to upgrade. Since this is an LTS release (supported for the next 5 years), it's not a question of whether to upgrade. It's a question of when. In this article I'm going to show you a *safe* and *painless* way to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 using Aptik and TimeShift. Aptik will help you backup and re-install your software on the new system. TimeShift will help you restore your previous system in case you decide that you don't want to keep your new system.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Conky Manager v2 FundRaiser

I'm trying to raise some funds for the next version of Conky Manager. If you wish to support this project, please use the button below to make a donation via PayPal. Your contributions will help me give more time to this application so that it can be completed as soon as possible.

Please note that there are no refunds if the target is not met. Donate only if you wish to support this project. Even if the target is not met, the next version will be released as soon as it is complete. It will only take more time to finish. The final application will be free for everyone irrespective of whether you donated. People who donate $10 or more will receive a complimentary user manual.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Aptik v1.4

What's New

New Look

The main window has undergone some changes. New toolbar is added with buttons for each action.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ubuntu Raring (13.04) Reaches End of Life

Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) reached End of Life on January 27, 2014.  Since Raring is no longer supported by Launchpad, there will not be any new builds for Ubuntu 13.04 in the teejee2008 PPA.

Raring users are advised to upgrade.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Introducing Aptik

Aptik is a new tool to simplify re-installation of packages after doing a clean installation of an Ubuntu-based distribution. It can be used while re-installing or upgrading to the next Ubuntu/Linux Mint release.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

TimeShift v1.4

Recent changes in TimeShift are summarized below.
A big thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions and bug reports.
The list of people who have donated to various projects are listed on the Donations page.

What's New

Keep Application Settings

The restore window has a new tab which shows a list of applications.
Select the applications for which you want to keep your current settings.
The settings for all other (unchecked) applications will be restored from the snapshot.

For example, if you want to keep your Firefox settings (bookmarks, open pages, etc) select the 'mozilla' item from the Exclude tab.

Friday, 25 October 2013

TimeShift FAQ

Q: Why is the home directory excluded from snapshots?

The home directory is excluded for following reasons.

  • The home directories of most users contain several GBs of music, videos and other files. Taking snapshots of this data will waste space on the backup device.
  • Documents in the home folder may get overwritten with older files when previous snapshots are restored.

Excluding the home directory avoids these two issues.

Q: What about user settings which are present in home directory?

Settings which are specific to a user are kept in hidden files and directories (starting with a period) in the user's home directory. These files and directories are included by default. Only non-hidden files and directories are excluded.

Q: I have some folders in my home directory that I want to include in my snapshots.

You can add it to the list of included paths (from the settings window) but please remember that these files will get overwritten when you restore a snapshot. TimeShift is designed to protect your system files and settings. If you need an application to help you take backups of documents, photos and other user files, please take a look at other tools like BackInTime.

Monday, 14 October 2013

TimeShift v1.1

What's New

This release fixes all issues that were reported by users in v1.0.
The most important changes are summarized below.

Changes since v1.0.7

  • Added support for using LVM volumes as backup device
  • Added user prompt for taking pre-restore snapshot
  • Added exclude entries for root user's home directory
  • Updated command line options
  • Reduced the default number of backups for all backup levels
  • Deleting all snapshots will delete the /timeshift directory
  • Moved code for estimating system size to separate thread

Changes since v1.0.0

  • Added /home/*/.gvfs to exclude list
  • Fixed an issue where scheduled backups are sometimes skipped
  • Fixed an issue with detection of root device
  • Fixed an issue with deletion of snapshots in Ubuntu 12.04
  • Added Italian translation by tomberry88
  • Installer for non-Ubuntu systems

Saturday, 12 October 2013

TimeShift Installer for Non-Ubuntu Distributions

Using the Installer

Download the installer from the following links:

timeshift-latest-i386.run (32-bit, 170 KB)
timeshift-latest-amd64.run (64-bit, 180 KB)

Run it from a terminal window using the following commands:

sh ./timeshift-latest-i386.run  #32-bit
sh ./timeshift-latest-amd64.run  #64-bit

Depending on the distribution that you are using, you may need to install packages for the following dependencies:

libgtk-3 libgee2 libsoup libjson-glib rsync

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Introducing TimeShift

TimeShift for Linux is a application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machine tool in Mac OS. TimeShift protects your system by taking incremental snapshots of the file system at regular intervals. These snapshots can be restored later to bring your system to the exact state it was in at the time when the snapshot was taken.

Snapshots are taken using rsync and hard-links. Common files are shared between snapshots which saves disk space. Each snapshot is a full system backup that can be browsed with a file manager.