I want to copy an existing Gutsy environment to a laptop

Asked by Jon Loveless

I have a desktop with Gutsy dual boot with Vista Ultimate (I never seem to use Vista any more?). I also have a laptop with Gutsy but nothing else. I have a backup made with sbackup for the desktop. Is there a way to "restore" the backup to the laptop so that, at least initially, the 2 will be the same? I don't need to "synch" the 2 PCs on a regular basis, but when I (occasionally) travel it would be nice to start out with the laptop having the same programs, data, email, etc. I don't travel often and I don't use the laptop unless I travel.

My growing love of Linux, and particularly Ububtu is due largely to the spirited participation of users to help each other. Thansk for any help you can give.


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Jon Loveless (papajon) said :

Here is some additional info:
1. The sbackup was done to a removable USB drive which the laptop recognizes. There is quite a bit of software installed on the desktop PC.
2. The main differences with the desktop are video (Nvidia 8600 - dual monitors vs. laptop screen), RAM (3GB vs 1 GB) and storage device layouts.
3. There is nothing on the laptop that is important (except Gutsy).
4. I am a relative newbie but with many years of computer use (my first computer was an Atari 400 then an 800)

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Best ajmal_82 (ajmal-82) said :

please not that ubuntu doesnt official support moving your setting to another desktop.but you can move you application using apt get cd.goggle it.thats putting repo
on cd/dvd.i hope you like it.i dont know much about exporting setting,google it or goto softpedia and find some application or gnomefiles.thanks

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Jon Loveless (papajon) said :

I decided that trying to do something that is totally unsupported by Linux was not in my best interest. I will be finding another solution, such as apt-get anything new that I need on my laptop.

Thanks for the help to anyone who read my post and though about it.

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Eivind Ødegård (eivind) said :

To my knowledge, sbackup creates a list of installed packages whenever you do a backup. This is a separate file called "packages". You could install all programs on computer 1 on computer to by navigating to the backup folder and doing

apt-get install `cat packages`

(I think. I haven't done this personally, use at your own peril!)

This would be a usable way to install packages already on computer 1 to computer 2.

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Please try this /www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-get-list-installed-software-reinstallation-restore.html

Hope this helps

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :
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Jon Loveless (papajon) said :

Thanks. debfoster is just what I was looking for.
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Your question #25830 on Ubuntu changed:

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