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    boblazaar NNTP User

    Default A couple newbie questions!

    Hey all, I have finally decided to get Windows out of my world and am going to go over to openSUSE. Couple of questions....the wife uses OE for her email, is there an easy way to import those OE folders into a mail program in openSUSE? If so, which one? (she wants to keep the ease of OE).

    Also, I have read horror stories about openSUSE having a hard time with 2nd hard drives (mainly with permissions). Any truth to that? I have a 150 gig SATA drive I use for files (music, videos etc). Just want to to be able to access it!!

    Thanks in advance!

    Bob

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    Default Re: A couple newbie questions!

    Hey!

    In openSUSE, or any open source os, you can use Mozilla Thunderbird. It's faster than OE and easier to use. I myself haven't used OE in 3-4 years, even when I was using windows. Thunderbird will import all of the OE files. Just make sure you have a good backup before wiping them out. I haven't moved OE to Thunderbird in a while so i don't remember the exact process, but you might just be able to use the import function. In any case, a guide online shouldn't be hard to find.

    As far as 2nd hard drives go, there should be absolutely no problem if the drive is plugged in while you are installing. If the drive is added later on, you'll have to edit the /etc/fstab file and add the drive to it. If it is an NTFS drive, some parameters may have to be added to the fstab in order to allow write mode for all users.

    I do not recommend using NTFS because it is a poorly designed filesystem. The best thing to do would be to back up the music on that 150 gig drive, set the mount point of the 150gig drive to /home during installation (it must be plugged in and this is step is not recommended if it is an external drive), format the drive to ext3, and move all your music back over later.
    Mike

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    Default Re: A couple newbie questions!

    Welcome!

    On your first question: there are three popular mail clients that come with OpenSUSE 11.0: Gnome's Evolution, KDE's Kmail and Mozilla Thunderbird. I haven't used Kmail before, but I used to use Thunderbird and then switched to Evolution. I find that Evolution is the best to use if you decide to use Gnome because it incorporates a calendar and task manager (checklist) that you can see through expanding the system clock. Also, Thunderbird and Evolution seem to be the easiest to import Outlook mail from. Below is a link for a HowToForge tutorial on importing OE mail into Thunderbird and Evolution in case you need it:

    Importing Outlook Express Emails into Thunderbird and Evolution

    Hope that helps.

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    > the wife uses OE

    what is "OE"?

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    Outlook Express

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    boblazaar NNTP User

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    I actually have my 2nd drive in 5 smaller FAT32 partitions...is openSUSE good with FAT32?

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    Both Linux and Windows can read & write to FAT32 partitions.
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    boblazaar NNTP User

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    Cheers! Off I go!

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    Hope everything goes when for you.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

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    > Outlook Express

    thanks! all these Windows(tm) terms are new to me, and confusing..

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