F21 Self Contained Change: Replace Bacula with Bareos

Jaroslav Reznik jreznik at redhat.com
Fri Nov 15 12:03:15 UTC 2013

= Proposed Self Contained Change: Replace Bacula with Bareos =

Change Owner(s): Simone Caronni <negativo17 at gmail.com> 

The powerful Bacula network backup solution has switched from being Open 
Source friendly to being almost closed source. Originally the project was 
conceived totally as Open Source, but since the creation of Bacula Systems and 
its proprietary Bacula Enterprise Edition product, the Open Source (now called 
"Community Edition") has received less and less updates and is mostly 

== Detailed description ==
The most important points that are left "abandoned" are the following:

* Installation scripts and updates to makefiles are not updated anymore.
* New plugins and functionalities are not added anymore, except those in the 
"core" daemons.
* Gaphical (and buggy) console has not received any update in almost two 
* Patches and bugs opened in the bug tracker are mostly left abandoned. Even 
trivial fixes are not imported in the source.
* Windows binaries are no longer provided, nor the source for the clients has 
been updated. Even if compiled with difficulties, there is no support for recent 
Windows versions.

A former Bacula developer, frustrated by the situation created the fork Bareos 
a long time ago from Bacula 5.2.x (the current Fedora and RHEL 7 version). 
This version has now received '''a lot of bugfixes''' compared to the original 
Bacula source. This makes compilation and installation a lot easier than it 
was with Bacula.

On top of this, a '''lot of new features''' have been added; some unique to 
Bareos but many available only in the closed source Bacula Enterprise.

Here is the list of new features compared to the current Bacula 5.2.13:

* http://www.bareos.org/en/whats_new.html

Some highlights include NDMP support for enterprise class storage (NetApp, 
etc.), support for enterprise class tape libraries and Windows support 
(including Windows Server 2012) with Bareos generated binaries.

For further details on why a Bacula fork was created please look at the 
following links:

* http://www.bareos.org/en/faq/items/why_fork.html

Bareos can also be '''fully compatible with Bacula''' by setting a specific 
configuration directive in the Daemon configuration files; thus providing the 
option for RHEL 6/7 users to interoperate with Fedora systems.

* http://www.bareos.org/en/faq/items/bareos_bacula_compatibility.html

== Scope ==
To accomplish the goal, the following Bacula packages need to be replaced with 
Bareos equivalents:


Currently, the same Fedora packages can be rebuilt as they are, to work also 
on CentOS/RHEL 5 and 6, upgrading the EPEL or official Bacula packages in the 
distributions. This is to have a consistent backup infrastructure across all 
the Fedora/CentOS/RHEL ecosystem.

To ease installation, a repository for installing those packages on a 
CentOS/RHEL system do exist:


The idea is the same for Bareos: import into Fedora 21 packages that can be 
rebuilt for all supported Fedora/RHEL/CentOS releases and provide a repository 
that can upgrade any Bacula release currently installed in the system with the 
new one. In detail; the upgrade scenarios supported when going from Bacula to 
Bareos would be:

From Bacula 2.4:
* RHEL/CentOS 5 with EPEL repository

From Bacula 5.0:
* RHEL/CentOS 6

From Bacula 5.2.13:

* Fedora 18+
* RHEL/CentOS 5
* RHEL/CentOS 6

As written before, the change is impacting only Fedora 21, the list of 
upgrades supported are only for users who want a consistent backup solution 
across the enterprise.

=== External activities ===
Proposal owners: I'm the current Bacula mantainer in Fedora and will complete 
the transition in time for the release.

Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release engineering: the release engineering team should make sure the new 
Bareos packages are in place instead of the current Bacula packages for the 
new release.

Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
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