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My aim is to have all my installed software packages in a distributable CD / DVD fashion, so that I can install a clean Ubuntu 12 on any system and then use the distributable package CD to get me all that I want.

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You can use AptonCD Install aptoncd.

It helps you create a CDs/DVDs of your installed packages for later use.

You can also easily choose which packages you want to be backed up in the disk

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