I am running Ubuntu 14.10 on my Acer C720 Chromebook, and I am planning on upgrading my undersized drive that is not optimal for running full Linux, and reinstalling Chrome OS and a Linux distribution. I am going switch to either Ubuntu GNOME or Fedora, and I wanted to know what to back up to my SD card so I can retain all my applications I have installed. I am definitely backing up home, but I presume that when I put replace that directory in my newly installed OS, I won't have all my apps back. I am relatively new to Linux, so you might have to spell some things out to me. Thank you.

  • askubuntu.com/questions/17823/… Also if you have installed any PPAs you may want to make a list of them, but not automatically restore as if a new version of Ubuntu the ppa may not work and then create issues. If same version, it should be ok. And in addition to /home, if you made any systemwide settings for grub, Internet or other you may want to backup those settings from /etc. IF not Ubuntu then you cannot restore easily, as Other Linux use different tools than apt.
    – oldfred
    Dec 22, 2014 at 16:15
  • It will be the same version, so how do you automatically restore? Dec 31, 2014 at 0:42
  • Link above has both save and reinstall instructions use dpkg.
    – oldfred
    Dec 31, 2014 at 0:47


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