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Installing packages in multiple systems

We are planning to install around 15 machines with desktop version and we need same software on all machine. Can you suggest best approach to save time? We are not much technical and we install software by going to software manager, we just need to avoid this as it takes lots of time to download all software each time.


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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, John S Gruber, Tom Brossman, SirCharlo, belacqua Sep 7 '12 at 14:52

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Can you explain what exactly you're trying to to? – Mitch Sep 6 '12 at 15:16
I don't think that this is a duplicate. Check the solution by Mitch... – wakeup Jul 25 '13 at 17:17
In my opinion this is not a duplicate: The other question was about saving bandwidth; this one is about having identical systems and saving time. – To Do Oct 7 '14 at 8:52

If I understand your question correctly, you want to install an OS, and other software clone it, and install the same exact on 15 machines. If that's the case, the you can use clonezilla. There is a limitation of (The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one).

Clonezilla is a partition or disk clone tool similar to Norton Ghost®. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive. Two types of Clonezilla are available: Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (Server Edition). While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk.1

You can Download clonezilla, burn it to a CD, and you're ready to roll.


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Love the Clonezilla I must try now – user86296 Sep 7 '12 at 13:19
@user86296 If this answered your question, you may mark this answer as accepted. – Mitch Sep 7 '12 at 17:32

You can first download all the *.deb files and the dependencies. Then you can install them in all computers by the command:-

sudo dpkg -i filename_1.deb filename_2.deb

Here filename_1.deb and filename_2.deb represent the files that you have downloaded. This will save your downloading time but the installing time will remain the same!

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If the software are available in the official Ubuntu 12.04 repository,
you can easily download them via command line like so


sudo apt-get --download-only install firefox

sudo means give root(admin) right to a user/application and you need to give a password

apt-get is the program that downloads and or install the applications

and when downloaded, run this command to install them silently

sudo dpkg -i *.deb
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