This topic was started in Github Issues I will explain it again here.
The major problem, why this topic exists is because of the fact, that Crashplan will crash in october. The only alternative (at least, what I could find) is BuddyBackup BuddyBackup would replace Crashplan completly, but it has the following problems:
Lately it’s central server has been down, without any notice.
There is no response from the email on their site neither from their parent company Databarracks LTD, making the downtime and the future of the program more concerning, that it will in one moment just not work (also rendering all backups useless).
Last update: 2014, tutorial with WindowsXP screenshots.
I will also mention, that there are backup solutions, but they require monthly or yearly subscription for the service or for cloud storage. That will move us to making your own offsite machine or friend’s machine. The closest to that is P2P: Resilo & SyncThing. SyncThing is chosen, because the open-source (if it closes down, can be made operable by individuals) and the freedom to donate instead of paying monthly (tough paying developers monthly would help loads for those who can afford it). SyncThing is the best variant, what has most built.
That brings us to SyncThing and it’s currently missing features:
Encryption: (since how it works, it goes along with compression): If not backing up to really trusted other side (offsite dedicated server, husband’s desktop), then it’s essential, that the other side doesn’t have access to your files. Password should be printed out or chosen by user, in case of failure or destruction of the pc what is being backed up, the files can be decrypted.
Compression: When backing up, it’s not important (sometimes it definitely not be), that the other side can access the files quickly, so saving space is a priority over accessibility. The files should be compressed and encrypted by chunks, since any changes or additions would need the whole thing (on most ways) to be recompressed and reencrypted.
Sync to external drive, when plugged in: This is useful for onsite or offsite backup for single users (not everyone is gonna buy a cheap pc and drives and leave it running offsite).
Since the users of Crashplan are already worried, they are seeking a solution. In october, when Crashplan shuts down, users will have to find a new solution. BackThing or BackupThing (I prefer BackupThing, but @uok in github issue liked BackThing as a name more) should be functional to replace Crashplan. Also with that would come many devleopers and donations. I will definitely donate to this and I also want to learn Go and afterwards help to develop this.
What do you all think? Anything to add or remove from the current plan?