dyfi2 wrote:@ riser - It's a good list. I'm not familiar with using Timeshift but from reading about it, it would be unable to clone. Am I right?
The old established linux backup method was to tar and compress root from cli which gives file access (via extract) as well as the possibility to reinstall over a fresh install, which doesn't take very long today with a modern installer i.e. untar the backup file into root from a live CD. I have used this method to see if it works and yes it does (must admit it needed a little tweaking). I have been wondering whether a gui approach to this would be a good idea. Feel free to shoot me down in flames, just thinking outside the box!
Correct, Timeshift is for a local "restore point" like behavior. Useful for handling OS and package updates.
For cloning, I would use more specialized tools like fs-archiver or clonezilla (live CD cloner) which also handle MBR etc.