home user back up project using deja dup

Urban Škudnik urban.skudnik at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 13:02:08 BST 2010

On Mar 28, 2010, at 5:55 PM, Michael Terry wrote:

> I'm not on the mailing list, so please CC: me.  Comments below.
> On Fri, 2010-03-26 at 14:59 +0530, shahansad kollaparambath wrote:
>> Deja Dup written in vala has most of the features required for a back
>> up utility, but has a very unfortunate GUI to go along with it. Also
>> it lacks the profiles feature.  I propose to create a new GUI to Deja
>> Dup using gtk+ which will be intuitive and support profiles.
> I'm the author of Deja Dup.  Writing a new GUI seems like a big leap.
> It might be better to incrementally improve any issues with the  
> existing
> GUI.  Do you have particular suggestions?
> David Bensimon (cc'ed) also had a backup idea for GSoC that also  
> turned
> into 'improving Deja Dup'.  I think the two ideas could probably be
> collapsed.  I talked with David about possible features that would be
> good for students.

Indeed. Personally I am currently in the process of writing my  
specification [1] in which I am basing most of my ideas based on the  
fact that Deja Dup is already quite easy to use and should be extended/ 
improved rather than made from scratch (and the same goes for other  
solutions that should be used in the process of implementing a backup  
solution for home users).

One important argument that I would point out at this is that although  
this is "only" GUI, backup solutions have to put special emphasis on  
reliability and stability and, unless you gain something special or  
figure out that your UI is really crappy (which for Deja Dup I would  
say is not), you should not do it from scratch just for the fun of it.

Due to lots of work for university I can't promise I will be done with  
specification today (but should be done at the very least tomorrow),  
but I will present my ideas in more detail on mailing list when I  

Michael, if you have any specific suggestions already regarding my  
spec I will be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Kind regards,
Urban Skudnik

[1] - Warning: Draft only and subject to change as I clarify my ideas  
- https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GSoC/2010/UrbanSkudnik

> I started a page on Deja Dup's wiki to track them:
> http://live.gnome.org/DejaDup/GSoC
> So I'm certainly open to helping mentor students.  David also said he
> would help with some of the mentoring work.
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