ehodgins at telusplanet.net
Tue Oct 11 12:42:24 UTC 2005
Let's see if I can help a bit.
> 1. Will I be able to install Ubuntu with XP on NTFS? Will Ubuntu be able
> to manipulate that formatting, or should I prepare a dedicated partition
Ubuntu wants to see some free drive space. If XP is using the whole drive,
you will have to either i) use a partition utility (Qt_parted is one and you
can get it on a bootable CD here: http://www.sysresccd.org/ ) to "squeeze"
the XP partition down to size, ii) reinstall XP but only give it a portion
of the drive then install Ubuntu onto the remainder of the drive, iii) get
another drive and put Ubuntu on that. I did i) on an XP machine, but the
process borked at some point (FWIW, I had Norton Go Back installed and it
didn't like what happened to the mbr). I wasn't in the mood to fiddle
around, so I did ii) without Norton Go Back installed and all went well. I
did iii) on another computer with Win 98SE on one drive and Ubuntu on a
second drive and that has worked well.
> 2. In the live Ubuntu's I was unable to access the other partitions on my
> computer. This has not been a problem with other Linux distributions. How
> can I access these partitions in Ubuntu?
Yeah, that. I got into a discussion a while back about this. I CAN get at my
hard drive (IDE) using the Warty Live CD. Another guy couldn't and it might
have been because he had a SATA drive. IIRC, a third party (using Hoary Live
CD) suggested that he had to manually mount the XP partition. I dunno if
that solved his problem.
> 3. The remarks about not needing a firewall in the FAQ were not very
> satisfying. If Ubuntu does not have an integrated firewall, what firewall
> is recommended?
No help here. Shorewall is liked by some folks. Take a peek here:
> 4. What kind of anti-virus software is recommended for Ubuntu?
I've used f-prot. Others use ClamAV.
> 5. I am retired, but I still do some translating, and lots of reading in a
> variety of languages. I own the Babylon translating tool in Windows, and
> this is very useful for me. Is there anything like that in Linux? I don't
> need anything like the mass translators (like SYSTRAN), just word to word
> (or expression to expression) among English / French / German / Chinese /
> Hebrew and such. I tried Wine without success on Knoppix, and searched
> around the Internet, but found nothing.
No help with this.
> 6. In Kubuntu I was able to get the language keyboard system going, but
> when I tried to type Hebrew in Open Office (I use it in Windows) no
> letters appeared on the page. How can I gain access to Hebrew fonts? In
> Ubuntu I was unable to get the keyboard choices working at all.
This is a problem that OOo users have discussed. This might help:
> 7. Can Evolution be tweaked to allow composition in Hebrew or Arabic?
Don't know. Sorry.
> 8. If I install the pre-release 5.10, how will I be able to upgrade it
> to the final release?
Don't see why not. But why not wait until the release date...next week
sometime, I think?
> Thanks very much for your patience in reading to the end of this long
> list. My thanks to anyone who can help with the questions.
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