I’ve started using borg and borgmatic for backups of my machines. I won’t be using a fully automated backup via a crontab for a start. Instead, I’ve added a recurrent reminder system that will appear on my XFCE desktop to tell me it may be time to do backups.
I’m using yad (a zenity on steroids) to add notifications in the desktop via an anacron.
The notification icon, when clicked, will start a shell script that performs the backups, starting borgmatic.
Here are some bits of my setup :