The idea is very simple.
Every time I make a clean install of the operating system I believe I’m wasting my time selecting which software to reinstall.
So why couldn’t the Software Boutique in Ubuntu MATE have a bookmark capability. Like Firefox. It should be able to store bookmarks of programs you want to reinstall in one batch. Similar to a script.
One way I think this could work is if the boutique can handle several lists. Like preferred music lists. This way you could create a new list from many old ones. Pick different software from different lists and just install the programs you want.
You don’t need to make it cloud based. Just provide an import/export function like the bookmark function in Firefox.
This way is much faster than having to search for every program.