[Digikam-users] Some linux questions

sleepless sleeplessregulus at hetnet.nl
Wed Sep 28 09:43:19 BST 2011

Op 28-09-11 05:05, Paul Verizzo schreef:
> I know this isn't about digiKam, but the fact is that I look on the 
> folks in this list serve as being good, intelligent sources on linux 
> matters.  Instead of posting to some generic Linux site and getting 
> all kinds of answers from idiotic to disdaining and occasionally 
> helpful, I'd like to ask your thoughts on the following questions.  
> Please respond back channel paulv (you know what) paulv.net
> Thanks!
> The questions are,
> 1.  If I have a hard drive with a working linux distro on it, and I 
> want the hd to have other distros in addition, do I need to have 
> separate partitions for each distro?  What about the swap partition?
> 2.  I been using Thunderbird since forever and Netscape mail before 
> that.  I have YEARS of archived emails based on Netscape/Thunderbird 
> file types.  However, I have kept my TB version at like 2.6 because of 
> the newer layouts wasting monitor space.  Redundant functions.  I'm 
> willing to poke around and look at email alternatives within Linux 
> clients.  Ideally, easy to import Contacts and super--ideally, able to 
> open Netscape/Tbird archived files.
> 3.  What about my Nokia phone?  I've been using the Nokia SW for 
> years, changing with the phones over the years.  I'm presently using 
> the Nokia E90 Communicator and I prefer the Nokia PC Suite over their 
> monster Ovi for connecting the phone to my computer.  Once upon a time 
> (Nokia 9000 series) recognized Outlook, Lotus Notes, and other PIMS, 
> but it's down to Outlook.  All my contact info is in Outlook.  I know 
> that I can pay $40 to get Outlook ported to Linux, and I'm willing to 
> do that if I can have the non-Outlook functions that PC Suite gives 
> me, i.e., managing images, making my phone a modem, etc. Thoughts?
> 3.b.  Related to the Outlook issue, I see I can get Outlook for Linux 
> from Codeweavers for a nominal $40.  Any experiences?  Poking around 
> the intertubes, I see there is the Virtual Box alternative, too.
> 4.  What about my Canon printers?  I have an iP4300 doing office type 
> printing duty and from what I've dabbled, CUPS is fine for that.  But 
> so many of the color/quality types of settings aren't available 
> (unless I just didn't see the possibilities). I also have a Canon 9000 
> MK II wide format "pro" photo printer
Please keep me informed, I use the same printer, still on windows :-(((
> .  That one, I need full control of. I've seen some Canon Linux 
> drivers on searches, but it looks like another morass (swamp) of 
> distro availability, compiling, etc.  Please don't advise buying 
> different printers!
> For those of you following my foray into Linux, here is my conclusion: 
> All OS's suck.  In one way or another.  I just had to reinstall 
> Windows 7 onto my netbook because of fatal burps despite not much 
> use.  But when I try to install EasyPeasy Linux, designed for 
> netbooks, issues.  Won't install. Sigh.  Jus' saying.
> Paul
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