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I don't have fancy directory seperation. I have a desktop and laptop, and for the last few months I did a lot of work on my laptop. I don't want to waste my time installing and configuring on my desktop.

Can I use the laptop's backup on the Desktop?

I know the potential concerns are drivers. How can I deal with such issue? (Both are Ubuntu 11.04)

Thanks.

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If you did not install any drivers outside of the Ubuntu repositories (nvidia, ati, wireless) you should be just fine.

If you did you would need to re-install them.

Another possibility would be to generate a list of installed packages and us it for a fresh install

[old install]

sudo dpkg --get-selections > packages.list

Now put them back on the new installation

sudo dpkg --set-selections <packages
sudo apt-get dselect-upgrade

Then copy your data or other files in $HOME, perhaps on a flash drive.

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While this is a good way of cloning a baseline package set, it doesn't include any customisation. –  SimonJGreen Jan 12 '12 at 12:26
    
What customization do you want ? User customization is in $HOME. –  bodhi.zazen Jan 12 '12 at 16:14
    
Thanks. I didn't install any drivers myself. I will give you a check when I done with the installation. Thanks. –  CppLearner Jan 13 '12 at 0:55

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