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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

According to The Open Source Initiative, "Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in." In lay terms, open source software is community-collaborative, which makes the code stronger and safer. Because of this, it's usually either free to individual users or much lower in cost than closed source products like Microsoft Windows, Office or FrontPage.

I wholeheartedly support open source software and the philosophy of community-collaborative development, software or otherwise, which is why my writing and my web site are open source driven. I recommend the following products:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In order to make the best use of this recipe, you will already need to know the following:

  1. How to burn an .iso copy of Ubuntu to a CD
  2. How to f-disk and partition your hard drive using a Window$ installation CD
  3. The difference between FAT32 and NTFS

Step One:

Download and burn a copy of the Ubuntu Live CD, and have both it and your Window$ installation CD handy.

Step Two:

Using your Window$ installation CD, f-disk your hard drive and prepare two partitions. The first partition should be formatted as FAT32 and be large enough to hold your Window$ operating system plus installed programs.

Note: Window$ installation CDs will not prepare FAT32 partitions larger than 30 gigabytes. However, most Window$ installations do not require more than a few gigabytes, and most installed programs will not take up more than a few gigabytes beyond that. I recommend a 10-20 gigabyte partition for this step, depending...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Moving from Outlook to Evolution isn’t easy, and there is no single solution at present which will convert your .pst file (the file in which your Outlook information is stored) into a format Evolution can read. This is because the .pst format is proprietary to Micro$oft, and Micro$oft wants to keep your business.

However, I have successfully moved from Outlook to Evolution, so in the interest of contributing to the Open Source community, I am offering my recipe for this procedure here. In order to use this recipe effectively, you will need to already know how to do the following:

  • Use your Window$ search function to locate files on your hard drive.
  • Install programs in Window$
  • Install programs in Ubuntu
  • Find and use the import/export utilities in Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and Evolution
  • Use a terminal window in Ubuntu to execute command line arguments


Step One: Clean up your mail,...