Ok, instead of Apt on CD

How about replicating an installed package list this way:

``dpkg --get-selections | grep '[[:space:]]install$' | awk '{print $1}' > packagelist.txt ``

on the old machine, then:

``sudo apt-get -u install 'cat packagelist.txt' ``

on new machine.

That should work. Only disadvantage is that you’d have to download the installed packages from the ‘net onto the new machine, rather than having them available via a CD. The advantage, of course, is that you have burnt one less CD, and will automatically download the most recent version of your packages. :-)