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Old 12-15-2006, 09:14 AM   #1
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Question Upgrade path for KWord from SuSe 8x/KDE 3x


I'm a newbie for the last four or five years; I built a hotrod machine on the cast iron chassis of a 1993 Gateway , very retro) and I bought a shrinkwrapped SuSe 8.2/KDE 3.3 admin edition at Fry's , maybe eighty bucks or so. I partitioned the hard drive to have a partition for data and a partition for / and a swap partition.

Four or five years or whatever years later I'm still good; mostly I'm a creative writer and I have used KWord. Anything screws up, I reinstall the whole thing on / and go back to my writing.

There are no problems because I do everything to forestall any problems: i have the digital camera i have because it works with Linux; I have a USB backup because it works with Linux; I don't have Firewire backup because it doesn't work with LInux hardly.

Sorry for the lengthy intro. Here's the newby-tpe question:

When I go to Fry's and buy a shrinkwrapped SuSe 10x admin edition, what is it going to do with all my Kword files?

(any verbose explanation of what Kword was / is would be appreciated, actually; I never did understand the relationship between KWord and XML. If Kword was in XML where was the style sheet?)

(Kword-out-of-the-box had an export to HTML so I was always good to go for the outside world)
 
Old 12-16-2006, 06:27 PM   #2
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Linux and SuSE aren't going to do anything to your KWord files. However you will find that the KDE settings that are stored in your user directory, under $HOME/kde, will be changed by the new version of KDE. That is because the new version of KDE uses different settings and files to store those settings. It really made me angry when I installed SuSE 10.1 and tried to keep the system dual boot with SuSE 9.2. The first time that I ran KDE under SuSE 10.1 it changed the KDE settings in my user directory. When I booted to the old version of SuSE then the old version of KDE didn't run well at all. So you might find a few little problems with having some of your KDE settings changed. You may have to reset some of your preferences. Otherwise your data will be undamaged. It shouldn't be a problem, just a little nuisance the first time that you run KDE.

I advise against trying to upgrade. I never ever upgrade. I always install a fresh version of Linux and go through all of the tedious configuration stuff. The reason that I never upgrade is that things never work as expected anyway. Features that have changed and that should have been altered appropriately never are changed appropriately. It is just as much of a nuisance to try to fix all of the problems created by upgrading as it is to just reconfigure a raw installation. Just make sure that you don't reformat your data partition. And make a backup of your data before you do anything else.


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Old 12-17-2006, 02:25 PM   #3
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Does SuSe 10x install KWord?
 
Old 12-17-2006, 05:41 PM   #4
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Yes. SuSE 10.x has all of the KDE Office applications. I would expect that they will be the latest version.
 
  


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