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Migrating My Data

The data migration process was relatively simple. I back up my data on each and every day that I use my computer. The backups go to external USB drives. (I did that when I used Windows; I do it now on Ubuntu. Back up, Back up, Back up. It’s the only safe way to use a computer. Any computer.)

I made sure my backups were current and then installed Ubuntu. When the installation had finished I connected my USB drives and dragged my data back to the appropriate folders.

In your home folder in Ubuntu you have folders with such names as Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. These are the Ubuntu equivalents to the Windows folders called My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, etc.

That much was simple. It required nothing more than copying files.

This covered off all of my office documents, music and pictures. The documents were either created by me using the OpenOffice.org office suite or they were emailed to me as attachments. Without exception those attachments were created by others using Microsoft Office.

Ubuntu used to come pre-configured with OpenOffice.org. This latest release of Ubuntu (11.04 Natty Narwhal) has replaced OpenOffice.org with LibreOffice. LibreOffice is a separate and distinct project, based on the OpenOffice.org source code. (That deserves a post of its own.)

LibreOffice.org works with the all of the document file formats that OpenOffice.org works with, including the Microsoft Office formats, so there was no panic there.

Some applications such as Firefox and Thunderbird were handled as special cases. These will be covered off in future posts.

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The Learning Curve

I’ve recently blown away Windows 7 Professional from my main computer and installed Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal.

The continual problems and blue screens just got the better of me, and I ditched the whole sorry mess. Ubuntu installed in 20 minutes, didn’t ask for any drivers and is running like a dream.

All of the software I used in Windows was open source or free software anyway, and it was all cross-platform – what was there to lose apart from frustration?

This version of Ubuntu features the new interface called Unity.

Journeyman is an old term meaning someone who is no longer an apprentice but not yet a master craftsman. That’s where I am with Gnu/Linux and Ubuntu.

This is my record of interesting things I learn as I explore Ubuntu, and any tips or gotchas or warnings for those who might decide to follow me.

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