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Old 03-02-2004, 11:30 PM   #1
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Outlook, Knoppix, Partitions, and the dell axim


I have finaly decided to make up my mind and take the plunge. I plan to dual boot my laptop. But I have a few quick questions.

1. Is there anyway to have outlook and whatever PIM I use for linux sync over my home network? It would be usefull if I didnt have to update the calendar on both of my computers each time a change was made.

2. I am going to boot from knoppix first to check hardware support, but after that what distro should I actually install?

3. What should I use to resize partitions? I have a copy of partition magic, but I have heard that it can do some bad things.

Thanks!

P.S
the reason for question 1 is that I would like my dell axim to sync with the calendar on my laptop and desktop.

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Old 03-03-2004, 01:00 AM   #2
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The only way I know of to make Outlook work under linux would be wine, or something like that. Personally I've bought a copy of Crossover Office. Which means I can just install that, then use that to install the full version of Office 2k that I've got.

Erm, what distro? Well that's down to personal choice. If you've no linux experience per se, then a good place to start is mandrake.

I've got and idea that if you get a "boxed set" version, then I think I'm correct in saying that the powerpack has got crossover office with it.

I presume it should be possible to connect them both with samba - sorry, don't use that myself.

Partitions sizes. I'd say have a search here at LQ. the only actually thing that comes to mind is that swap partitions used to be twice the amount of physical ram (and yes my swap partition is 1.5 gigs i.e twice 768 megs).

Mandrake, along with SuSE, and quite a few others, will install all into the one partition - I just happen to have used the 3 partition method because I also have gentoo, which I couldn't manage to install into 1 partition - their default is swap, boot and root.

What else? erm one of the PIM app's that I can think of as quite popular, is Evolution - not sure if that would mean that you'd have to have gnome as your window manager or not. I understand it's not too difficult or confusing to install. As for linking to outlook? sorry, don't know.

Hopefully, this might help a little.

good luck.

regards

John

p.s. Just for info, I have heard of people, who have managed to detect all their hardware with knoppix, but when they've tried mandrake, they've had problems (and mandrake has a good rep for newbies, and quite reasonable hardware detetction) - you could actually install knoppix to your hard drive - just have a look at their forums they are pretty informative - and it's actually quite easy as well.

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Old 03-03-2004, 01:01 AM   #3
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Re: Outlook, Knoppix, Partitions, and the dell axim

Quote:
Originally posted by Alucard9
1. Is there anyway to have outlook and whatever PIM I use for linux sync over my home network? It would be usefull if I didnt have to update the calendar on both of my computers each time a change was made.
I understand that Evolution can deal with Outpuke
files ... and there's a few conversion tools listed on
freshmeat.net as well

Quote:
2. I am going to boot from knoppix first to check hardware support, but after that what distro should I actually install?
There's as many answers to this as there's distro's, ;)
probably even users ...
My personal preference, of course, would be Slackware,
but if you run Knoppix and are happy with it, just install
that to your hdd ... it has a little tool to help you with that.

Quote:
3. What should I use to resize partitions? I have a copy of partition magic, but I have heard that it can do some bad things.
I've never had bad experience with PQMagic, however,
bear in mind that you need version > 6 if you want to
handle XP's NTFS ...


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 03-03-2004, 11:06 PM   #4
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Well I have decided to go with mandrake. I guess I will just go without the Axim untill I figure everything out. Thanks a bunch for the replies! And off I go to install.
 
  


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