Transferring settings to a new install can save a lot of time, as long as the existing profile has no issues. If one has a troublesome profile to begin with, copying to a new profile can transfer those issues aswell; which is probably not what anyone desires.
Well the question did really imply finding a simpler option to more or less transfer the system, in which case that’s going to work.
I agree with you, having done it once or twice, now I opt for a dual pane copying - keep it under control, starting with basics like my layout/themes and keyboard shortcuts…
I’m not sure about .xfce but I know Plasma has quite a lot that’s worth copying, and quite a lot that’s worth leaving behind…
I disagree with the thread title now, however, because the thread is discussing the whole system, pacman and AUR packages (interestingly ignoring Flatpak, there should be a flatpak list in there somewhere…) as well as just settings.
After that, you install Authy then copy in the ~/.config/Authy Desktop folder etc… it depends how much time you will allocate the task.
@linux-aarhus will be finished in ten minutes, I’ll take half a day.
I don’t want to transfer the whole system since the laptop I’m using XFCE on is very old hardware from 2007 I only added RAM for total 3GB and SSD 120GB drive.
The laptops I want to make dual boot have Win 10 installed and are from around 2015/2017 with 8GB RAM and SSD drive as a primary boot and HDD has added storage.
Since Windooze 10 will end support soon and this laptops (I have 4 and the old 2007 one) do not support W11 and and I want to ditch Windooze anyway, I intend to have Manjaro XFCE (which I already use on my oldest laptop) on dual boot with W10.
Eventually in the future erase the Win10 (once support ends) and have Manjaro only.
I’m a casual user not advanced in any way.
I only want the same settings which are mostly visual (like icons, themes, keyboard shortcuts etc) on all laptops
I would like to install Manjaro form scratch install all apps I use and them “transfer” all these visual settings to the new installs so that the user experience is the same across the various laptops.
Something I could do over USB pen or FTP (using Filezilla) and baammm!
Have the same visual user expererince across different hardware laptops.
Something like setting Thunderbird which I recently started using across all laptops (since Mail 10 will end in 2024) and you export all Tbird config to all installs and that’s it.
On the topic of Thunderbird; I found it easy enough to transfer not only settings, but all mail aswell, to another machine (Linux to Linux). That saved having to wait for all mail to download from the servers again.