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Are Ubuntu files compatible with Windows?

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    One of my friends is using Ubuntu (I think it is the earlier version of Xubuntu) and he is very much satisfied with its user friendliness and ease of use. But sometimes he is not able to open files created in Ubuntu in Windows. As you know almost all PCs are running on Windows, it can create a serious issue. I don't know if Windows files can be opened in Ubuntu too?

    Is there any problem like this or it was something related to his usage?

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    Ubuntu is the std version which comes with Unity desktop. It requires a more powerful machine. Xubuntu is Ubuntu with XFCE desktop which is lighter on the machine resource.
    Most windows files can be opened in Ubuntu, either directly or through wine emulator. Ubuntu uses libreoffice as the office suite. Libreoffice by default uses ODF format which is not compatible with MS Office. However there is a libreoffice version for windows as well. Also libreoffice can save in docx, xlsx formats ehich can be opened by MS office in windows. PDF files created in Ubuntu can be directly opened in windows.
    I use dual booting on the same laptop - WIN7 and XUBUNTU. never faced any problem regarding interpolation of files between linux and windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    Ubuntu is the std version which comes with Unity desktop. It requires a more powerful machine. Xubuntu is Ubuntu with XFCE desktop which is lighter on the machine resource.
    Most windows files can be opened in Ubuntu, either directly or through wine emulator. Ubuntu uses libreoffice as the office suite. Libreoffice by default uses ODF format which is not compatible with MS Office. However there is a libreoffice version for windows as well. Also libreoffice can save in docx, xlsx formats ehich can be opened by MS office in windows. PDF files created in Ubuntu can be directly opened in windows.
    I use dual booting on the same laptop - WIN7 and XUBUNTU. never faced any problem regarding interpolation of files between linux and windows.
    Well, thanks for this informative post. But I think for a noob like me it is better to continue with Windows and the things are somewhat indigestible to me.

    So, Ubuntu is a heavy version than XUBUNTU. Hope Ubuntu is more rich with features than XUBUNTU then. I have seen Ubuntu and it is somewhat like Windows only. I used spreadsheet which is quite similar to Excel spreadsheet. I hope there is no security concern in using Ubuntu or XUBUNTU being it an open source program.

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    linux is always considered to be more secure than windows.
    whether its ubuntu or xubuntu, the office suite is normally libreoffice. its a successor to openoffice. I've been using openoffice/libreoffice since 2004, on both windows and linux. its much better than MS office and many of the newer features of ms office 2007 onwards are actually copied from openoffice.
    the resource requirement is of the desktop GUI. programs are same, whether on Ubuntu or Xubuntu. for a first time user, LXLE (another variant of ubuntu) is even better, as it comes with all standard softwares in-built and you can start working right away, without needing to install any. The interface is like Windows XP, so user doesn't feel much difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    One of my friends is using Ubuntu (I think it is the earlier version of Xubuntu) and he is very much satisfied with its user friendliness and ease of use. But sometimes he is not able to open files created in Ubuntu in Windows. As you know almost all PCs are running on Windows, it can create a serious issue. I don't know if Windows files can be opened in Ubuntu too?

    Is there any problem like this or it was something related to his usage?
    While saving documents, please use the option "Save as" and save them compatible with MS Office. Then it is easy to open in Windows. Even then sometimes Windows cribs about formatting, but that can be easily corrected.
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    Ubuntu files are mostly compatible with Windows. But you need to be cautious about certain things. For one, it's better to format your flash drives in NTFS instead of FAT32 if you're going to be transferring files between a PC running Ubuntu and another running Windows. Avoid saving your files with lower & upper cases when using Ubuntu, especially if you're planning on transferring these to a Windows machine. Because Windows doesn't like this too much, it can create conflicts. You may have multiple files with the same name, but using lower and upper case. When you attempt to delete one of these files on Windows, it will end up deleting the whole lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien Lee View Post
    Ubuntu files are mostly compatible with Windows. But you need to be cautious about certain things. For one, it's better to format your flash drives in NTFS instead of FAT32 if you're going to be transferring files between a PC running Ubuntu and another running Windows. Avoid saving your files with lower & upper cases when using Ubuntu, especially if you're planning on transferring these to a Windows machine. Because Windows doesn't like this too much, it can create conflicts. You may have multiple files with the same name, but using lower and upper case. When you attempt to delete one of these files on Windows, it will end up deleting the whole lot.
    That is really a good thing to know. So, how can Windows accept such files with same name in lower and upper cases? My friend was facing some issues while opening files created in Ubuntu in Windows. I think he has already used save as option as @pkshrinivasan has mentioned. He was getting some error message, but I don't know the exact issue. I will check it up and get back. But as a matter of fact, I have never seen people using Ubuntu in general. Almost all of them are on Windows and all offices are running on Windows.

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    UNIX AND linux treats Capital and small letters as two separate characters. Windows treat them as same. So you can have only one file with the name "file" in windows but you can have multiple different files in UNIX and linux, like "file", "File", "fIle", "fiLe", "filE"............... "FILE"

    when shifted to windows, all these files create conflict as they are read as same file by windows.

    most offices these days run either on UNIX or on linux. The whole Indian railway reservation system, both physical and online, runs on UNIX.
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