migration

FirefoxAndThunderBird

It’s fairly easy to copy Firefox and Thunderbird settings from Windows to Linux.

Firefox

Your Firefox profile, profile.ini, is stored in:

Windows 2000 and up

c:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

Linux

~/.mozilla/firefox

and should look like this:

[General]

StartWithLastProfile=1

[Profile0]

Name=default

IsRelative=1

Path=xxxxxxxx.default

where xxxxxxxx is a random string of 8 characters

xxxxxxxx.default is the directory which contains all the bookmarks, passwords, plugins, etc.

Before moving Firefox or Thunderbird from Windows to Linux, you should uninstall all extensions (make a note of what extensions you have first).  If you didn’t, then you should, or will have to, run Firefox and/or Thunderbird in safe mode, which can be done from the command line, as follows:

firefox –safe-mode

thunderbird –safe-mode

Then you can uninstall your extensions, and install the Linux equivalents.

To copy all your settings from Windows to Linux, or the reverse, simply copy the xxxxxxxx.default directory to your target system/folder. You can either rename the directory to the name referenced in profile.ini, or edit profile.ini Path=. (Backup the original .default directory first) After you are satisfied that Firefox is working ( check homepage, bookmarks, passwords, plugins ), you can delete the old .default directory.

Thunderbird

Your Thunderbird profile, profile.ini, is stored in:

Windows 2000 and up

c:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles

Linux

~/.thunderbird OR ~/.mozilla- thunderbird

and should look like this: (the same as Firefox)

[General]

StartWithLastProfile=1

[Profile0]

Name=default

IsRelative=1

Path=xxxxxxxx.default

where xxxxxxxx is a random string of 8 characters

xxxxxxxx.default is the directory which contains all the mail, plugins, etc.

To copy all your settings from Windows to Linux, or the reverse, simply copy the xxxxxxxx.default directory to your target system/folder. You can either rename the directory to the name referenced in profile.ini, or edit profile.ini Path=. (Backup the original .default directory first) After you are satisfied that Firefox is working ( check homepage, bookmarks, passwords, plugins ), you can delete the old .default directory.

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OtherPrograms

There are some useful programs that have Windows and Linux versions:

Rainlendar

http://www.rainlendar.net

Windows

c:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Rainlendar2\Default.ics

Linux

~/.config/.rainlendar2/Default.ics

I simply copied the Default.ics from Windows to Linux. I stripped the carriage returns (I don’t know if this was necessary, but it didn’t hurt). This file contains all your events/tasks/alarms. I also went to System -> Preferences -> Sessions and added Rainlendar to the Startup Programs tab.

TreePad Lite

http://www.treepad.com/

TreePad is a neat information manager (tree structure), available in free and commercial verions. The free version is text only. You download the Linux version and simply unpack it into a directory of your choice. You get one exexcutable and an html manual. The database files you create are completely compatible between Windows and Linux.

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