[kwlug-disc] migration xp to linux

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 28 14:10:45 EDT 2010

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Raul Suarez

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--- On Mon, 6/28/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

> From: Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] migration xp to linux
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Monday, June 28, 2010, 2:04 PM
> On the off chance anyone's interested
> in this, I'm currently moving (as we speak) my wife's XP
> computer over to linux.  it was less of a task than I
> figured - so far anyway.
> 1) the new machine has an XP license, so I'm fudging a
> bit.  And the new machine isn't 'new', it's a used PC I
> bought from ebay.
> 2) I installed mandriva 2010 on the new machine.  Set
> up virtualbox as an app, then installed XP inside
> virtualbox.  Also set up a shared drive between xp and
> linux.  Then I installed our accounting program on the
> shared drive.  That was the sole remaining windows only
> app she uses.  Hoping to eventually move even that over
> to linux, this way she can run both apps simultaneously on
> the same machine, for testing.
> 3) set up an ftp server on the new machine and put both
> machines on the network.
> 4) copied over all her folders that she indicated using
> ftp.
> 5) copied over the mozilla profiles folder and the
> thunderbird mail directory, then edited profiles.ini on the
> new machine to point to these folders (so she retains email
> and web bookmards).
> 6) My wife does all our document scanning (we're very paper
> heavy).  We have an old scsi interface scanner I bought
> off of ebay, it's about 10 years old.  Sane reports the
> functionality as 'full' - benefits of using old hardware,
> it's well tested.
> I did the complete move and training just this
> morning.  Everything worked almost perfectly the first
> time.  The only tweaks:
> - need to install a burner
> - need to grab one more document file off the the old
> computer
> - need to find a good front end for sane, for the
> scanner.  For us, 'good' means we can throw a 10 page
> document and it'll scan all 10 pages at once, then easily
> convert to pdf and save.  Xsane makes us click to scan
> each page individually.  Recommendations are welcome.
> The biggest benefit behind all this is that I can easily
> back up her machine each night using my normal rsync
> procedures.
> Poke me with a fork, I'm done :).
> g.
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