Last week I had a "Notebook PC hits floor at high velocity while switched on" incident and decided to install Fedora 13 on the new hard disk.
All went smoothly until I tried to restore my data from backup.
Simple Backup is not in the Fedora 13 repository, and guess what application I had been using to do my backups?
Looking at the release notes I can see that deja dup is the new simple backup solution, but I did not notice anything saying that Simple Backup had been removed.
Fortunately I had a Fedora 12 box with enough space to recover my data and from which I transferred the recovered data, but it added several hours to the task.
I now have to work out what to do with the several full and incremental backups made by Simple Backup and which I would like to keep for a few months more but which will require me to keep a machine with the old distribution just for that purpose.
I think it would be much fairer for users if there is a 6 month changeover period in which both versions of backup exist in the repository and the release notes make it clear that Backup system X is deprecated, will not appear in the next version and Backup System Y is the recommended solution going forward.
I appreciate the devs aren't here but if anyone could suggest to whom I should address this comment I will gladly do so.
If the Fedora 12 Release notes DID actually say this then I have learned a valuable lesson...