Sep 9, 2007

Updating Multiple Ubuntu Systems... From CD or DVD!

If you have ever installed a fresh new copy of Ubuntu, you have gone through a ton of updates. It is almost as bad as Windows in that respect. If you have to update numerous computers at once, it can also suck up all of your bandwidth. There is another way though.

What if I told you that you could back up all of your updates from one computer to CD or DVD (Your choice) and then update all of your other Ubuntu machines at once without having to go out ot the repositories and suck up your bandwidth? You would probably say, "El Di Pablo, you're crazy bro!" That may be true, but it can be done.

With a little application called APTonCD, you can update one computer, then backup all of those many updates you donloaded to a CD or DVD, then turn around and update all of the rest of your Ubuntu machines with the CD or DVD. Those machines don't even need to be connected to the internet!

To install it, just use apt-get:

sudo apt-get install aptoncd

Install it on all of your workstations.

Backing up to CD is really easy, since APTonCD is GUI based. To open it click on System > Administration > APTonCD. To create a CD or DVD click on the Create tab, and follow the prompts. After creating the CD or DVD, take it to the machine you want to update, open APTonCD and click the restore tab. It just doesn't get any easier than that!

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