QBA was born out of a need for organisations to have a cost-effective backup solution. There are a number of commercial products out there, but they are often too expensive for small organizations to justify, and the existing free products are beyond the technical abilities of these organisations.

First release of the Qustodium Backup Appliance

QBA was born out of a need for organisations to have a cost-effective backup solution. There are a number of commercial products out there, but they are often too expensive for small organizations to justify, and the existing free products are beyond the technical abilities of these organisations. QBA was inspired by other great appliances such as ESVA, the "Email scanning (security) Virtual Appliance" [0] and the Vyatta network appliance [1].

The plan is to have a free downloadable version of QBA, and to sell security and feature updates to subscribers via a custom repository hosted by Qustodium Internet Security. The freely downloadable QBA community version will not be entitled to that kind of support, but service upgrades will always be available and support could be provided through the forums.

QBA could be described as the GPL version of Apple’s "Time Machine" for Windows PCs:

  • as a user, you do not have to configure anything,
  • the data is backed up while you can keep on working (more on this below),
  • and the restore interface is nice and clean, thanks to BackupPC!
QBA is the result of many great posts on the backuppc mailing list, and I would like to thank everyone for their contributions.

QBA is a simple, pre-built, easily configurable backup appliance that is intended to run on several virtualisation packages such as Qemu, VirtualBox, VMware, and others. QBA is intended to be plug&play for basic users but configurable for advanced users. This flexibility combined with the easy-to-use BackupPC web interface will empower users to automate their backups, without the need to know about the underlying operating system, which happens to be Ubuntu JeOS [2].

HOWTO Compile Box Backup from source under Windows MingW/Cygwin

This article explain step by step how to compile Box Backup from source as a native Windows binary under MingW/Cygwin.

HOWTO Compile Boxi from source under Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)

This article explain step by step how to compile Boxi, a graphical user interface for Box Backup from source under Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).

Download Boxi for OS X Leopard

EXPERIMENTAL Boxi builds

We are very pleased to share our Boxi builds for OS X with the developer community. Please be careful with the builds provided here. While they should generally work, they are EXPERIMENTAL, and have not been tested. Use them at your own risk. DO NOT USE THE BUILDS FOR PRODUCTION USE!

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Boxi now runs perfectly under OS X, apart from some stability and non-ASCII character issues. You can download a DMG with the latest R684 build from http://www.cuba-project.org/downloads/boxi/Boxi.dmg

Unfortunately, the resulting binary at the moment has some issues with international filenames, as you can see from this side-by-side comparison with the same build under Windows but I am confident that we will find a way to make Boxi run perfectly under OS X:

Download EXPERIMENTAL Boxi builds

EXPERIMENTAL Boxi builds

We are very pleased to share our frequent Boxi builds with the developer community. Please be careful with the builds provided here. While they should generally work, they are EXPERIMENTAL, and have not been tested. Use them at your own risk. DO NOT USE THE BUILDS FOR PRODUCTION USE!

Reporting Problems

It is very likely that you will find problems with the EXPERIMENTAL Boxi builds on this page: Please report them! Boxi and Box Backup are complex applications and we need your help to find and fix any problems that you encounter.

You should initially report your problem on the developers mailing list (see the MailingLists page for details). The problem might already be known about, or there may be a simple mistake in configuration that is easily corrected. If, following that discussion, it appears to be a real problem then a ticket will be raised on this website to track the investigation and fix of that problem - that ticket will probably be raised by the developers.

HOWTO Compile Boxi from source under Windows MingW/Cygwin

This article explain step by step how to compile Boxi, a graphical user interface for Box Backup from source a native Windows binary under MingW/Cygwin.

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