All apps and settings in a 29 MB file? That doesn't sound right..Update Triple Play: I am on cloud 9. Couldn't be more delighted.
With my Ubuntu install complete, all app packages running smoothly and configured to my liking, I looked up how to backup my configuration - all apps and settings included.
Of course - there's an app for that.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install aptik
The back up of my entire OS config (sans the .ISO) took just over 30 seconds and the resulting archive is a whopping 29MB.
I should have done this YEARS ago.