LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-03-2003, 06:53 PM   #1
asteroidblitz
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Warsaw, Poland & Isle of Man, UK
Distribution: Mandrake 9.1
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0
Getting Ready for Mandrake


Forgive me if this has been asked before

I made a premature move to Mandrake earlier this week. I really enjoyed what I saw, and want to make the move permanent. I've since moved back to XP, and was infected with a worm just 15 minutes into a fresh installation. That confirmed my decision to move to Mandrake as being the right one!

The reason I moved back to XP was that I hadn't researched the issues concerning file migration properly. I want to move to Mandrake permanently, and as all my hardware works fine with it I feel that I am ready.

However, I had trouble with the following, and feel that converting things in a Windows environment may be easier, as it's what I'm used to.

1. I want to access my .dbx Outlook Express emails within Ximian, together with my Windows Address book. Any ideas on software to convert these files, which I can burn onto a cd for use with Mandrake?

2. I noticed that my Word files were only read-only with Openoffice. Is there any batch conversion utility that would save me the hassle of converting hundreds of files prior to burning?

3. My other half moans that her Word files don't come out right on OpenOffice. What is the best file type to save to, prior to putting on a floppy and printing on my desktop PC?

4. I couldn't get my IE favourites to work on Mandrake's default browser. Any ideas on converting prior to migration.

5. I would like to use my Windows TT fonts on Mandrake's default browser. Am I allowed? Should I care, since I've already paid more than enough for M$ crap?!

I realise that my questions have probably been asked before, but I couldn't find Mandrake-specific answers. If you can help, I'd be most grateful. Also, could anyone recommend a good Windows-expert/Mandrake-Newbie book?

Thanks for your time,

Martin

Last edited by asteroidblitz; 12-03-2003 at 06:55 PM.
 
Old 12-03-2003, 08:45 PM   #2
Tinkster
Moderator
 
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: in a fallen world
Distribution: slackware by choice, others too :} ... android.
Posts: 23,066
Blog Entries: 11

Rep: Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910Reputation: 910
Re: Getting Ready for Mandrake

Quote:
Originally posted by asteroidblitz
1. I want to access my .dbx Outlook Express emails within Ximian, together with my Windows Address book. Any ideas on software to convert these files, which I can burn onto a cd for use with Mandrake?
http://membled.com/work/apps/outlook_text_to_mbox/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ol2mbox

Quote:
2. I noticed that my Word files were only read-only with Openoffice. Is there any batch conversion utility that would save me the hassle of converting hundreds of files prior to burning?
http://wvware.sourceforge.net/


Quote:
3. My other half moans that her Word files don't come out right on OpenOffice. What is the best file type to save to, prior to putting on a floppy and printing on my desktop PC?
Hard to answer ... probably RTF ... you will -from
my personal experience- never have it identical.

Quote:
4. I couldn't get my IE favourites to work on Mandrake's default browser. Any ideas on converting prior to migration.
http://www.moodfarm.demon.co.uk/download/
http://www.bartvdb.easynet.be/fav2bmk.html


Quote:
5. I would like to use my Windows TT fonts on Mandrake's default browser. Am I allowed? Should I care, since I've already paid more than enough for M$ crap?!
Don't worry. MS offers them for public download
on the web.

Cheers,
Tink


P.S.: You could have found all those searching on freshmeat.
 
Old 12-03-2003, 10:59 PM   #3
2damncommon
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Calif, USA
Distribution: Debian Wheezy
Posts: 2,871

Rep: Reputation: 87
Welcome to Linux, asteroidblitz.
I always recommend a dual boot rather than switch. Much easier on the nerves.

Were you trying to write to Word files on an NTFS Windows XP partition from Linux? If so the problem was Linux write access to NTFS partitions (a no-no).
The files should be writeable on a FAT32 or Linux filesystem.
 
Old 12-04-2003, 03:16 AM   #4
asteroidblitz
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Warsaw, Poland & Isle of Man, UK
Distribution: Mandrake 9.1
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
So does that mean Linux can write on, as well as read FAT32?
 
Old 12-04-2003, 03:21 AM   #5
2damncommon
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Calif, USA
Distribution: Debian Wheezy
Posts: 2,871

Rep: Reputation: 87
Quote:
So does that mean Linux can write on, as well as read FAT32?
Yes. No problem.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"NOT READY!" Help me make it ready! :P Kheldon Linux - Wireless Networking 2 09-04-2005 06:03 PM
Is KDE 3.3 ready for Mandrake 10.1 xavierh Mandriva 5 11-19-2004 04:25 PM
Am I Ready Yet irish rebel Linux From Scratch 2 08-13-2004 04:05 PM
Ready for Action - Mandrake 9.1 deejayqf Linux - Newbie 10 10-01-2003 10:53 AM
Ready or not... Mandrake on HPs 2damncommon Linux - General 1 07-03-2003 09:40 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:39 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration