Right now, making backups requires too much work, and people don't do it. We need backups integrated in the system and being made without requiring user action.
Deja Dup (Michael Terry), GNOME Design Team (Allan Day?)
A redesign has been done by Michael to make it more "invisible" and appear as part of the OS. He made it live just as a control center panel and removed some branding to look a bit less like a separate app. http://live.gnome.org/DejaDup/Screenshots/Future
Discussion on desktop devel list: http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2011-May/msg00080.html
Design page: Design/SystemSettings/Backup
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