Re: Linux/Windows file & app compatibility (was Re: Unidentified subject!)
On Thu, 30 Aug 2001, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Fri, Aug 31, 2001 at 02:09:00AM +0100, charles verbeken (email@example.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.
You can try StarOffice as a replacement for msoffice. It can read msoffice
files and it works nearly the same. See 'www.staroffice.com'.