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I am going to be installing linux either today or tomorrow and was wondering about the sharing of files between the 2 os's. When I install Linux on a partition, will I be able to access my files (such as text documents and mp3's) from linux? If not, what will I need to do in order to get to them in Linux? Also, what kind of compatibility issues will there be? Say I write a paper using ms word, will I be able to edit it in a linux word processor? What about if I use Windows Media Player to record a cd onto my hd, will I be able to listen to the music in Linux? (does it depend on the file type, such as .mp3 or .wma?) Thanks for your help!
For MS Word documents you can always use OpenOffice which comes with most distros. For .mp3 and .wma I'm sure you could use XMMS (Winamp of Linux). I know that you can browse Windows file from your Linux OS but I haven't really looked into browsing my Linux files from Windows because... well I don't dual boot . I'm sure there are others who know of programs that do let you browse your Linux partition... I think you will be able to do it but read-only. Just do a search on google... I'm sure you'll find something
I keep hearing about tons of programs for linux......is there a database or something, do they come with the distros, or do I just google? (BTW, a while back I saw a thing on some other forums with a HUGE list of windows programs and then a list of comparable programs for linux, if anyone knows where I can find that again)
Most of the programmes can be installed easily, depending on your distribution, you just have to run appropriate software. In Slackware that would be swaret, in Debian -- apt-get, in SuSE -- yast, in Mandrake ...
OpenOffice.org works fine with MS Word documents, as long as they don't get overstructured.
You can mount all Windows partitions from your Linux system, so no problem there.
So when I install linux, will I be able to easily get to my files in windows such as mp3's, or if I get something like wine, will I be able to run the windows applications in linux, without having to move the files from windows?
all you have to do i to create a fat partition of whatever size you need and mount it under linux by modifing the fstab file. linux will be able to rw to it. windows will pick it up under a drive letter (possibly e. you dont need special software for either system for this to work. to play mp3's in linux i use xmms and for movies, mplayer.
it not that hard to get linux reading your windows partitions. it will probably set it up for you nicly on install. windows 2k right? that means ntfs maybe thats just xp? anyways if it is nfts you can only read the files not write. you would want to make a fat partiton if you wanted to share between them. windows easy partitioner thingy doesnt seem to want you to make fats so you can make a vfat in linux or do it in windows w/o the easy partition thingy. it really shouldnt be a big problem. i had problems with mine for awhile but all the things in my fstab were messed up. look into that if you get problems when you get going. im sure im missing alot of things here.