Re: going from mac to ubuntu, need basic help
Were you using OS X or OS 9?
Originally Posted by mixamatchi
If you were using Mac OS 9, you will find that PICT files won't be usable on Ubuntu as their image data is stored in the "resource fork"; Mac OS is the only operating system that can understand the resource fork. The same problem applies to native Mac OS 9 fonts, but not on OS X which uses a more standard type of font file.
Any files created by Mac-only software will probably be unusable on Ubuntu and Windows. As you'd expect. Things like Photoshop files (.psd) , or Microsoft Office documents, will be usable on Windows due to the correct software being available, but might not work very well on Linux where the original software is not available. Microsoft Office documents can be read by Libreoffice on Ubuntu, but not perfectly. Photoshop files are also usable on GIMP apparently, but might not work very well. If you have native Photoshop files you should assess whether they can be converted to TIFF or some other cross-platform and open file format.
Ultra-common types of files such as MP3s, JPEGs/PNGs/GIFs, RTF, PDF, FLV/AVI/MKV/MP4 and the like will be immediately usable on Ubuntu. They are either standards, or open, or designed to be portable. You can even play AIFF audio files on Ubuntu, but not every player can handle them; you might want to convert them instead into something every audio player can work with. The conversion can be done on Ubuntu. Quicktime MOVs might work, but then they might not; you could convert them on the Mac to MKVs.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.