I have 2 old pc's that I'm going to remote into using serial port/tcp. The first one is a 32-bit machine that I remoted into serially and couldn't get it to connect to the internet for various reasons. I installed 32-bit ubuntu 12.04 and tried to install some deb's and packages via the /media/usbdrive with little success. So now I just got my 2nd linux box which is a 64-bit duo-core Dell which I could run the GUI, connect to the internet and download some cool stuff. Now I have the 64-bit machine with 32-bit ubuntu 12.04 installed and I'm wondering if there's an easy way to copy everything from the 64-bit machine to the 32-bit machine using only the remote terminal serial to issue commands and the usb drive to transfer files.
You have the following options for installing packages without an internet connection:
Keryx is a portable, cross-platform package manager that provides a graphical interface for gathering updates, packages, and dependencies for offline computers.
Using the Synaptic package download script
Synaptic package manager has built-in feature to generate a package download script.
apt-offline is an offline text based apt package manager.
Installing downloaded packages