Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Interoperability of Linux Mint...

Dictionary definition:

"Ability of a system (as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system."

As applied to computer operating systems, especially those from competing sources, such as Microsoft and Linux, until very recently there was very little, or  perhaps we should say it was "slim to none". But it's getting better. 

Linux can now mount and access certain Windows 10 files and folders, particularly those containing images, such as your pictures, wallpapers, and Windows themes. How do I know for sure? This desktop background of an old World War Two Spitfire comes from my former Windows 7 files which were preserved when I upgraded that to Windows 10 Home, which is now on here in another partition, dual-booting with this Linux Mint 17.3. And it survived all that in rather good condition. So yes, interoperability is coming. It has its toe in the door. And I'm all in favor! 

As Satya Nadella, "Mr. Microsoft" said recently, "I want everyone to love their Windows!" I'd like to add to that, "Even if they are in Linux Mint..." Why? Because it's coming. The most constant thing in life is Change. Change is good. Otherwise we might all die of boredom. So one of these days, perhaps, the "Freebies" that I love to collect and install into my Windows will also work in my Linux. What we need for that is a "Google Translate" for converting one program's file formatting into the formatting of the system into which you want to integrate it. So it could change a program's NTFS of Windows into EXT4 for Linux Mint, for example.

Maybe the folks who make EaseUs Partition Master or EasyBCD would like to have a go at something for this. It seems to be in their field of expertise. If we can translate languages, then we ought to be able to translate disc formatting without losing the content of its bits, bytes, and segments.

Read the program's code, store it in a temp folder, recompile it as the desired formatting, reinstall it onto the desired system, and use it. Simple, right? No, but maybe possible. Easier with 64-bit, because the segments are bigger. They have 64 bits instead of half that many. 

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