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Hello boys and girls, me new here so help me if u can.
My Question. After running Windows XP for since it exists and have alot of doc.s, Pic.s and Music in XP My Documents file. So is there any possibility to copy them to a USB mem Stick and then copy them into Linux Ubuntu ??? As i go now for my next Laptop for OS Linux Ubuntu so i need to know about that problem of File transfer XP to Linux Ubuntu. Any hints ideas are verry welcome. If there is no way of course i could make 2 start up options One Windows 7 for all my doc.s and one with Linux Ubuntu for going online. And pls i am no crack, so no complicated talking pls. thanx and be well all.
As far as photos, pictures and music, you really won't hard a hard time with them in Ubuntu. If Windows can play them, more than likely Ubuntu can out of the box. Videos may require certain codecs, but that's really not a big deal, when you come to that you can ask again here.
Now MS Office documents (.doc, .xls, etc), I find that the Office 2003 formats have the best compatibility with the office suites available under any Linux. So, if you can, just re-save them using 2003 format (perhaps a copy so that you don't mess with the original file) and you'll likely be OK.
Going back to LibreOffice
This is something I install on windows machines when clients are unable to open docx email attachments (but have older pre-2007 ms office)
I usually install via ninite.com (good site for common win software installs)
As far as sharing a drive with Windows, it will likely be necessary to install ntfs-3g if not installed by default in Ubuntu. Last I tried to use the regular kernel ntfs support, it was a bit of a headache for permissions with a normal user. The OP will likely back for more help on this one if this is the route s/he uses.
The usb drive approach you suggested will definitely work. If that is the approach you feel most comfortable with, that's the way you should go.
When buying a new Laptop either buy one with Linux pre-installed (which also saves you the MS licensing fee) or make sure to get some feedback here on the machine you are planning to buy. You want to make sure that the hardware is well supported on Linux.