In the last brand new issue of PCLOS Magazine, the chief editor parnote revealed a real gem about Synaptic. Only ONE check box to click and you can copy your tested and true installation to another machine or save a "non-installed copy" of your system. Just save the Synaptic installation information in one file and your get all installed programs back anytime. Of course, your home directory has many settings for them, too.
I'm assembling a new i7 box for PCLOS to replace my shaky P4 Prescott box and parnote dropped this piece of dynamite for me. Well, to me this is new info, but I'm just a dumb user. The magazine is free for all, but a good piece of info like this might just squeeze another donation out of my pocket!
P.S. I'm not sure if this should go to "Testimonials" but the topic is about "installing software".
P.P.S Edit: I changed the subject line, I'm sorry about the tone of the original subject. My only purpose was to praise, not to scare anyone...