On Sat, Sep 16, 2023 at 6:56 AM Tim via users <users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Sat, 2023-09-16 at 09:17 +0200, Peter Boy wrote:
> From the *practical* side, perhaps it would be worth considering
> whether your use case is the usual and common case - 6-16 GB RAM,
> 500GB - 1TB disk, regular (hourly) backup, etc.
I would say the *most* usual and common would be no backups made at
Windows and macOS both copy user data to cloud servers, so many users new to
linux have no experience with backups. Users who create artifacts, including emails,
generally store them on a remote server.
I'd also say that *most* people using a computer are only semi-literate
about computing. It's gone from only nerds with a keen interest are
using computers to virtually everyone is expected to, no matter how
little their care about it.
At my former workplace, each user was issued a Windows laptop configured
with a personal directory and a shared workgroup direcotory in an enterprise
"cloud" . Important content should be placed in the appropriate cloud location.
When a laptop has problems that don't have a quick solution, the disk is
wiped and a fresh enterprise Windows image is installed.
Backing things up, *and* being able to restore something is far from
straight-forward. You really need something external to back up to, it
may well be best that it's not another computer with the same OS, since
and OS update may be what caused your need to restore files. You need
to know how to drive it. How to backup what you need to backup, how to
ignore things that don't need backing up that would waste time and
space. And you really need to know how to retrieve something specific
that you lost, because a simple dump everything you have now in the
trash and put back on everything from an hour (or more) ago causes far
more loss than the one file you needed to get back.
I think many linux users have ways to keep important content in cloud
locations. Backups provide faster recovery if the one and only disk fails, but
the user's important content is not at risk.
Problems occur for users who heavily customize the system so there is a
lot of work to be done after a fresh OS install. Customizations also make it
harder to get help from forums when they introduce problems that don't occur
in normal installations.
George N. White III
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