Is there a simple way to copy system settings from an EOL install to a new version?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Here's my scenario: I'm currently running Mint 12 as my open source development platform. Currently, I'm running it as a VM through VirtualBox. Since 12 is near it's end of life, and because running it as a VM isn't as efficient as I originally thought, the plan is to ditch it completely, then dual boot with Mint 14. With that in mind, is there a way for me to transfer my settings from 12 to 14? Not just packages (which, in my case, is just a matter of me grabbing things from dotdeb), but various server settings and program settings as well? Put another way, is there anything can I autom (HowTos)