One of the main things to do after a fresh installation of Ubuntu is to install various applications which I was using in the previous Ubuntu installation. And I find this a cumbersome job. On an average, I install 30 application in a new OS and most of them are installed via PPA.
Now, remembering all the applications that have been installed and their respective PPAs is not humanly possible. A considerable time is spent in re-adding PPAs, re-installing apps and finding themes.
Aptik lets you restore your apps and PPAs:
Aptik is a GUI program that lets you back up your favorite apps, PPAs and packages. You can backup these to a USB drive or in Dropbox. After the fresh installation, you can select which app, PPA to be installed with some mouse clicks. The app works on Ubuntu and other distributions based on Ubuntu such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS etc.
This app is made by the same developer who gave us Conky Manager to easily install Conky via GUI. And I think that he (or she) understands the pain of a common desktop Linux user, the developed apps are proof of the same.
Following are the main features of Aptik:
- Backup and restore PPAs and the apps installed via them
- Applications installed from Software Center
- Applications installed within APT cache
- Themes and icons
Installing and using Aptik:
To install Aptik using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install aptik
Using Aptik is quite easy. I did not write how to use Aptik as the developer has already written quite a useful guide with screenshots which you can find here.
Of course, some PPAs and application will not be installed as they might not be available in the newer version of OS. But it still is quite useful app in itself.
Why Ubuntu does not do it by default?
This question has wondering me for sometime. Why not Ubuntu uses Ubuntu One for application backup? Google does it, Apple does it, Ubuntu you can do it too. Ubuntu only allows installation of paid apps via Ubuntu One. In my opinion, it should also provide a “my apps” section, at least for applications available in Software Center, where one can see what he had installed previously and choose to install it again.
What you think of Aptik? Is it a nice to have feature which you would like to see by default in Ubuntu or Linux Mint?? Do share your views.