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I need to write a script to avoid the chore of downloading things and having to configure everything, every time I make a fresh install of Ubuntu.

Any ideas on how to do that?

Is bash the recommended tool or language for this use case?

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have you looked at ninite.com/linux? – soandos Jun 13 '12 at 2:33
    
Most system level config is stored in /etc/ and your personal configuration is in /home/<yourusername>/ Backing these up before a fresh install would make reconfiguration more straightforward. /home is ideally a separate partition from the system in any case. – Paul Jun 13 '12 at 3:20

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