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 Moving Applications When You Upgrade Your Computer

When you make the decision to convert from Windows to Linux, (or even when you simply purchase a new computer) wouldn't it be nice to be able to simply move all
the applications you use, including such things as saved preferences, bookmarks, saved and sent e-mails, themes, extensions, custom spellings, etc. Well, you might not be able to do this with every application, but if you are running Linux, you CAN do it for many of them. And if you are using open source applications such as Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, on a Windows PC, you can even move those saved application settings and preferences to your Linux PC with ease! 

Thunderbird Mail
Use these instructions to move all of your saved mail settings, saved and sent mail, local folders, themes, extensions, etc. for Mozilla Thunderbird, between your old computer and the new one--even if the old computer runs Windows and the new one runs Linux. The directory you want to move is the directory that contains your Thunderbird profile. To locate your Thunderbird directory (folder) look in these paths.

On a Linux computer, the path to your hidden Thunderbird directory is usually one of these, depending on your distribution:
   "~/.thunderbird/"
   "~/.mozilla-thunderbird/"
Note that Linux recognizes the character "~" as shorthand for your home directory. Also, directories that begin with a dot (period) are normally hidden directories.
Thunderbird directory - Linux

If you are moving from Windows XP or 2000, the path is usually:
   "C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles"
Thunderbird Directory - Windows XP

If you are moving from Windows 95, 98 or Me, the path is usually:
   "C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles"


Copy the entire contents of Thunderbird directory/folder from the old computer into the appropriate location on the new one. When you open Thunderbird on the new computer, you will see everything as it was on the old computer.

Firefox Web Browser
You can use these instructions to move all of your saved browser settings, plugins, themes, extensions, etc. for Mozilla Firefox, between your old computer and the new one, again regardless of operating system. The directory you want to move is your Mozilla directory. To locate your Mozilla directory (folder) look in these paths.

On a Linux computer, the path to your hidden Mozilla folder is usually:
  
"~/.mozilla",
As above, Linux recognizes the character "~" as shorthand for your home directory and directories that begin with a dot (period) are normally hidden directories.

If you are moving from Windows XP or 2000, the path is usually:
   "C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application\Data\Mozilla\"

If you are moving from Windows 95, 98 or Me, the path is usually:
   "C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\"


Copy the entire contents of the Mozilla directory/folder from the old computer into the appropriate location on the new one. When you open Firefox on the new computer, you will see everything as it was on the old computer.


OpenOffice Office Suite
Use these instructions to move all of your saved preferences, document templates, etc. for OpenOffice 2.0, between one computer and another, whether they are running Windows or Linux. The directory you want to move is a hidden OpenOffice.org2 directory. To locate the directory (folder) look in these paths.

On a Linux computer, the path to your hidden OpenOffice directory is usually
something like one of these, depending on your distribution:
   "~/.openoffice.org2/"
   "~/.ooo-2.0/"
Remember that Linux recognizes the character "~" as shorthand for your home directory. As before, Linux directories that begin with a dot (period) are normally hidden.
OpenOffice Directory - Linux

If you are moving from Windows XP or 2000, the path is usually:
   "C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\
OpenOffice.org2\"
OpenOffice Directory - Windows XP

If you are moving from Windows 95, 98 or Me, the path is usually:
   "C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\
OpenOffice.org2\"

Copy the entire contents of the OpenOffice directory/folder from the old computer into the appropriate location on the new one. When you open an OpenOffice application on the new computer, you will see everything as it was on the old computer.


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