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Is there a fairly clean way to migrate from Mint (Petra, Cinnamon, 64bit) to Ubuntu (14.04 LTS, Gnome, 64bit) without losing most of my setup and application installs?

FWIW, /var and /home are on separate volumes from /boot and /

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  1. Backup the home folder
  2. Wipe the partition and install Ubuntu from scratch.
  3. Restore the home folder.

I wish there was an easy tool for migrating between distributions, but I don't think anything like that exists.

  • I am afraid this is all there is. Makes switching distros a very big deal. – DavidF Oct 15 '14 at 15:56
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try AptOnCD

install aptoncd in Mint :- sudo apt-get install aptoncd

Create a backup

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After taking backup (.ISO) from Mint then install aptoncd on your ubuntu and Restore .ISO file !!

  • Nope - this utility dies during the creation process for the image – DavidF Oct 15 '14 at 15:55
  • I didn't know about this one. Anyway, one would have to be careful with the packages they copy and restore, as there may be some incompatibilities between distros. – Jose Gómez Oct 15 '14 at 17:00

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