Converting Laptops from XP to ubuntu

Keith keith.w_65 at
Fri Apr 11 20:16:00 UTC 2014

You can run Microsoft Office software 2010 and prior using the WINE
program. For windows fonts just copy the fonts to windows/font folder.

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On Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:39:18 +1000, Peter Goggin <petergoggin at>

> I am still in the process of deciding whether to convert all of my four 
> lenovo laptops to run ubuntu.
> The software requirements for each are different so to keep things 
> simple I am considering migrating one laptop at a time starting with the 
> one with no specialised software.
> On my X61s I use the following programs:
> Internet - Firefox
> Email Thunderbird
> Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
> Microsoft Word for document
> Microsoft Access for a data base
> Karens Replicator for backup.
> I know that Firefox and Thunderbird run under Ubuntu and that Libre 
> Office offers spreadsheet and wordprocessing.
> Does it have the equivalent of Access for a data base.
> I have a number of questions .
> 1. How easy is it to transfer the Email from XP to Ubuntu?
> 2. Can LibreOffice read Microsoft Word and Excel documents:?
> 3. Can any Ubuntu database program read Access database files?
> 4. Do any Ubuntu database programs have forms and report built in like 
> Access?
> Many years ago I ran a MySql database under RedHat linux and from memory 
> I had to write the forms using HTML and PHP.
> I would be grateful for any advice and information.
> Thankyou
> Peter Goggin

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