Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mac and Linux Support Added

After many months of development and testing, we have now added support for running Backup Nexus on Mac and Linux computers.

Both Mac and Linux packages are available at the download page.

The Mac package is distributed as a DMG image and it is as easy to install as any other Mac software. Simply download and mount the DMG image, then drag the Backup Nexus.app bundle to the Applications folder. You can then launch Backup Nexus from your Applications folder.

The Linux package is a little more complicated, but we have bundled the whole package as a self-extracting installer to help with the installation. Once you download the bin file, do:
  1. cd /where/you/saved/the/BackupNexus.bin
  2. chmod a+x BackupNexus.bin
  3. sudo ./Backupnexus.bin
This will make the installer executable, then use sudo to run it.

For now, we are only supporting Backup Nexus in a desktop setting, meaning that Backup Nexus will run after you have logged into your desktop environment (GNOME or KDE). Running Backup Nexus as a background daemon service is not officially supported.

For the Linux package, you will also need to have a Java 6 runtime installed. For example, if you are on Ubuntu, you can install the Sun Java runtime by:
  • sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-jdk
We are looking for feedback for the two new platforms. If you encounter any problem running Backup Nexus on Macs or Linux, please do let us know.