I've dualbooted my laptop between Linux and Windows since June, spending
nearly all of my time in Linux. I started out with Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake),
but soon switched to Kubuntu (the KDE variant),
later upgrading to Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft).
To make this useful, certain key applications have to be available in both
Windows and Linux. Firefox for browsing; Thunderbird for email;
Rainlendar for calendar; KeePass and KeePassX for password management;
My laptop has four partitions:
Primary 1, NTFS - Windows, aka
Primary 2, Ext3 - Linux system partition, aka
Extended 1. Linux swap partition. 2GB.
Extended 2, Ext3. Shared partition, aka
I'm using NTFS-3G under Kubuntu to read and write the NTFS partition.
Linux has long had support for reading NTFS partitions, but only recently
has good support for writing NTFS partitions been added. It's a user-mode
only filesystem, so it's not possible to run Linux from an NTFS partition.
I've installed Ext2 IFS (Installable File System) on Windows,
which allows me to read and write Ext3 (and Ext2) partitions.
I keep cross-platform data, such as my Thunderbird mail folders,
on the Ext3 partition,
home directory is also on the
so there's very little data that I mind losing on the
I haven't had any problems with Ext2 IFS, except that I've had no luck with
external USB hard drives formatted as Ext3.
I'm not about to convert my Windows partition to Ext3, however.
Rainlendar is a fairly recent addition to the above list of cross-platform
apps. I was using Mozilla Sunbird, but I never liked it very much.
It's very much the poor cousin of Firefox and Thunderbird.
Sunbird is slow, clunky, and ugly, with very few developers,
who have taken years just to get it to version 0.3.
It supports iCal as an export format, but publishing calendars to the web is a bear.
I discovered Rainlendar a couple of months ago. It's far slicker, with a
large set of skins, and more functionality. iCal is the native format.
Rainlendar is based on wxWidgets, so it's cross-platform.
Installation on Linux consists of extracting
everything from a compressed tar file. There's no
packages to install it into your system menu, alas.
I've been running it by using
Alt+F2 (Run Command) to launch
Earlier today, I ran across the very useful ArsGeek site, which has an
enormous set of useful tips for Ubuntu users. One post on installing
Songbird inspired me to figure out how to add Rainlendar to the KDE Menu.
First, open up a terminal, then:
sudo mkdir rainlendar2
sudo chown georger:georger rainlendar2
tar jxvf /shared/Downloads/Rainlendar-Lite-2.0.1.tar.bz2
Substituting your username twice in the
You should now be able to run Rainlendar from the command line:
At this point, you may want to install a different skin, as the default
look is overwhelming in my opinion. I use the Vista skin. The older
.zip files) need to be unzipped into
newer skins (
.r2skin files) merely need to be copied into that
Now to get the Rainlendar icon into
(Finding the damn icon was the trickiest part of this whole exercise.):
unzip -j resources.zrc res/logo-large.png
sudo mv logo-large.png /usr/share/pixmaps/rainlendar.png
Finally, let's add Rainlendar to the Office menu. ArsGeek gives the
instructions for using Alacarte under Gnome. For KDE, click the K Menu
button, right-click on Office, and choose Edit Menu, which brings up the
KDE Menu Editor. Click New Item, then set:
Click the blank icon button, then Other icons. Choose the rainlendar icon
and click OK. Save the new menu entry.
You should now be able to launch Rainlendar from the Office menu. Enjoy!