Alright, I have been looking for the right backup solution for awhile without much success. I think the main problem is I don't understand what I must do to fully backup my system, WHILE ALSO allowing for easy restore in the event of disaster. I have used Norton Ghost/Acronis and, I must admit, they were very user friendly. The linux backup solutions seem very intimidating.
I have read about most of the popular backup solutions such as clonezilla, rsync, flyback, etc, but they all operate using different principles. Mainly I am looking for something like Norton Ghost, so could someone please tell me which software closely matches my needs:
1) can backup mounted partitions (does not require live cd like clonezilla)
2) makes backup file(s) that are smaller than original (some sort of compression)
3) incremental backups (user schedule)
4) gui interface (I don't trust myself on the command line)
5) easy restore process (restore to my previous state w/o re-installing Ubuntu)
I think my lack of understanding lies in the restore process. In the event of diaster, do I perform a restore like Norton Ghost? In other words, boot using a restore disk, then plop all the backed up contents back onto the hard drive? If it helps I have 3 partitions, ext3 (/, /home, /data). Thanks in advance. Ya'lls help is appreciated.