I have had a research lab computer for the past 2 years and now I am graduating. I installed Ubuntu 11 on it, and then started acquiring lots of stuff that I needed, such as GPU related stuff, my favorite editors, etc. I also filled up quite a bit of the hard drive with video and image data related to the research project.
Now that I'm graduating, I want to basically revert to a "fresh" install of Ubuntu 11, but I want to leave the video/image data intact. Ideally, I'd like to put all of that data into some folder, and then somehow completely restore all defaults except for leaving that folder of data alone during the restore/re-install process.
Is there a good way to achieve this? Basically I need to set up a new user account (something generic, like "lab-user" but with all admin privileges), remove my current account, remove all non standard software, but leave the video/image data alone?