8 years ago
Under dev. review
that is a great idea
A GUI will be preferable
Promote! But is it better to make an upgrade Mint Backup? This function is present in Mint Backup but it could be better.
Having same profile works well. I had xubuntu 11.10 and then installed Xubuntu 12.04 with same user name / login id. All settings were saved.
But this is for one click install of all the apps. Suppose you have installed 10 apps, you will have to manually select and install them one by one in software manager. Please note that synaptic is for regular or intermediate users, while mint focussing for end users (like me ;) ) who do not like to go under the hood. I do not like to pile up layers. Do only that is necessary.
As I explained Mint Backup is there and supposedly does the job. But only if the repo is still valid in the new version. If not it does absolutely nothing except give a message that one or more repos are no longer valid. Also the backup tool does not remove installed programs only adds new.
So I agree with @sunewbie that a new tool is required
Um backup tool? That is pre-installed and does that.
Also this kind of tool would clean out unwanted applications that the user has removed from previous Mint.
Such as removing Libre Office (all 15 or so packages) and replacing with Apache Open Office
Mint Backup does backup your list of installed applications and their sources. However, if the repository a program is downloaded from is no longer valid in the new version of Mint the backup can not be restored to the new Mint (such as ubuntu11 is superceeded by the new repo ubuntu12)
A new and improved tool for this would be a big boost in Mint as it would make transition to next version so much easier
Mint backup supposedly does that but currently it does not do a very good job of it.
Therefore I promote your idea, wether it will be an improved Mint Backup or a new tool