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Time Machine and Fedora

asked 2017-08-04 21:31:36 -0500

toddandmargo gravatar image

Hi All,

I asked over on the Apple group about using a Fedora server for OSX's Time Machine.

The response was:

"TimeMachine only supports AFP. The standard AFP server on Linux uses Netatalk, which is most definitely flaky. It may be fine for sharing files here and there, but time and again it has proven unable to stand up to Time Machine."

Is this for real or is this Apple protectionism?


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Google "time machine to smb" and setup Samba on your Fedora Server. That is how I backup my Mac.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2017-08-09 06:44:34 -0500 )edit

I thought it was protectionism. Thank you for the confirmation!

toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-09 11:04:49 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-08-06 10:10:01 -0500

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As every vendor, they always recommend their "latest and greatest", that being said, what does "flaky" even mean? If it works for you fine then sure. If not, then, well, you really don't have a choice as it is proprietary platform, right?

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His answer was that "Netatalk" was "flaky" in Linux. A later respondent said that it works with SMB (he apparently did not realize what I meant by CIFS) , but that it is discouraged.

Just my opinion, Apple is worse than M$ when it comes to not playing well with other kiddies in the sand box. Seems to me that Apple would rather lose what business they could get from you rather than work in a mixed environment. And Apple is just weird for the sake of weirdness.

toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-06 16:52:37 -0500 )edit

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