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    how to move apple macbook files to ubuntu pc

    I have convince my wife to switch from mac to linux. I tried to back up her mac files on a portable PC hard drive but I couldn't even get the files to copy on it. She needs to move all her mac files to her new linux laptop. What's the best way? Will there be compatibility issues? It's mostly music, pictures, text docs.

    Note: I've searched around a bit and discovered that people have done this over the net. I know very little about ftp, samba, ssh, etc.

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    Re: how to move apple macbook files to ubuntu pc

    How much junk are we talking about?

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    Re: how to move apple macbook files to ubuntu pc

    Option 1: sync them over the web using a service like dropbox. Easy to do and requires no technical skills, but limited to a few GB of data

    Option 2: Copy them onto some kind of portable media - USB stick, CD, DVD, portable hard drive, mobile phone, MP3 player, etc on OS X, then plug the media into the ubuntu box and copy them to thwe hard drive. Again, no techncial skills needed, but, as you've discovered, other operating systems can be a bit choosy about what media they choose to recognise

    Option 3: set up a home network. Share a folder on either the Mac or Ubuntu and use the other machine to copy the files from or into it. Samba will underpin this, but you do it all through your file manager and won't ever see teh word Samba anywhere on your screen. The trouble is that you'll need a small amount of networking expertise (eg how to set up a workgroup name)

    Take your pick, and someone will guide you through the steps.

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    Re: how to move apple macbook files to ubuntu pc

    Probably a lot of junk. Thanks for listing the options, very clear. I would prefer the samba option but have no time to figure it out now. I will look at it when I can...

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    Re: how to move apple macbook files to ubuntu pc

    I respect your desire to move her over to Linux, but my question is why? Is she running an Intel or PowerPC Mac? With Mac OS Lion being so affordable on an Intel Mac, I would stay the Mac OS course.

    If it is a PowerPC Mac, then please make the jump to a PowerPC Linux Distro.
    Mac OS 10.5 is the last Mac OS to have PowerPC functionality. Plus, with 10.5.8, I found little support for PowerPC apps/programs. I was Dual-Booting between Mac OS 10.5.8 & Ubuntu 8.04 LTS PowerPC. I knew I would have a few issues like Adobe Flash & some minor apps/programs. in Ubuntu, but was Mac OS 10.5. When Ubuntu 10.04 LTS PowerPC was released, I decided to ditch Mac OS on the PowerBook G4. Ubuntu 10.04.3 PowerPC works with the known Adobe Flash issue, but it is a PowerPC Linux Distro.

    My Uni-Body MacBook Pro is still Mac OS 10.6 only. Why, because it is Intel & works flawlessly. I will move to Mac OS Lion when necessary

    If you have an External Hard Drive, DVD +/- or 8gb USB Flash Drive? Why not transfer locally?

    A local transfer worked for my Mac OS to Ubuntu Linux transition.

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    Re: how to move apple macbook files to ubuntu pc

    We just dislike Apple as a company and how it locks you into its proprietary software and formats and how it bullies the open source community with lawsuits, etc. So, it's not a matter of practicality. We find Apple products beautifully designed for the most part, but we want our vote to go to something less aggressively capitalistic. Apple's practices in their Chinese factories have also drawn a lot of negative attention recently, both in terms of labor rights and environmental issues.

    So we would like to stick with GNU/Linux, whether Ubuntu or not (so far, after many distro trials and using Ubuntu for 2 years myself, it's still Ubuntu (xubuntu for some machines), even despite Unity).

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