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Linux/Windows file & app compatibility (was Re: Unidentified subject!)

on Fri, Aug 31, 2001 at 02:09:00AM +0100, charles verbeken (thecharliebear@breathe.com) wrote:
> Hello,
> This is regarding a few questions regarding the installationa and the
> compatibility of debian OS. Will I be able to use my former office 98
> files and other systems previously used i.e. ms paint etc.

First:  use a meaningful subject line, you'll get better/faster

Second:  in general, you can access legacy MS Windows filesystems under
GNU/Linux, this is well covered in various FAQs.  If your Windows
partition is /dev/hda1, you could mount it to /mnt/win98 with a line
similar to the following in /etc/fstab:

    /dev/hda1   /mnt/win98   vfat auto,user,nosuid,nodev,gid=104,umask=002 2 2 

You should see the 'mount' manpage for more information on the options

In general you can open most legacy MS Office format files under
GNU/Linux.   How useful this is really depends on what Microsoft has
done lately to bork things up.  You should have pretty full
functionality to MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint files.  I believe
there are conversion tools to get you from Outlook to a real (e.g.:
GNU/Linux) mail client.

Some applications will run in GNU/Linux under WINE.  If you require a
full legacy MS Windows installation, this is also possible with tools
such as Win4Lin and VMWare.

Google is your friend, most of these questions are very frequently
covered, and may be readily researched on the Web.

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