I've done this and it works but I want to confirm it won't lead to bad things. Scenario: I do a fresh install of a distro on my Core I-7 laptop with Ralink WiFi and nvidia graphics. I don't install any proprietary drivers. I add/remove software and get the system setup as I want it. I then pop this drive out and put it in my work laptop which is a Core I-5 with Intel WiFi and Intel graphics. The system boots and runs fine so I assume it's configured for the different hardware during the initial boot.
Here's what I'd like to do: I "manage" about a dozen computers in my extended family, all laptops, some Intel some AMD, and none over about 6 years old. I'd like to install and update a distro, get it setup as a standard installation in terms of installed software, and then create an installable backup so I can move this standard install to the different computers. Makes it easy to keep them all running well if they are all configured the same way.
I've done this on a small scale using FSArchiver to make the backup and do the restore and it works well. I haven't tried moving the system to an AMD box yet as I don't have one (should have an A-8 box to work with by Friday) but I expect it will work OK.
Comments on the plan anyone? I haven't picked the distro yet but it will likely be Xubuntu, Solydx, or Mint...