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I run Ubuntu from Live CD and want to retain settings and downloaded apps from the session. Does Ubuntu allow a configuration file similar to Puppy Linux that can be saved to the system's hard drive?

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I have found this on the Ubuntu wiki : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD/Persistence.

I believe that it will allow you to do what you want.

Here is one for USB sticks: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent

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