I've been searching around and can't seem to find a definitive answer to my question.
I have just finished downloading U5 to my desktop computer, and packages are being installed as I type this.
My situation is the following. I have a home desktop computer and a laptop computer, both running LMDE 64 bit edition. Both have almost the same software on them with possibly a dozen or so exceptions.
What I would like to do is transfer the downloaded packages from my desktop to my laptop to keep from having to download them all again.
Can I copy over the contents of /var/cache/apt/archives from my desktop over to my laptop and create a local repository to install the update? My plan would be to then sync any new packages downloaded to my desktop with my "local repo" on my laptop. Is there perhaps a better way to do this?
I am familiar with setting up a local repository for .rpm based distributions, but not familiar with .deb based distributions. I really don't want to run a ftp or http server on my desktop machine. Any pointers or tips are surely appreciated.