dstiles - 9:46 pm on Mar 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
Apropos genealogy - this is a major problem which I am about to investigate.
For family trees (gedcoms) there is software available, including gramps; though I haven't found a linux one yet to beat my (now obsolete) 10-year-old windows one for simplicity and versatility.
The real problem comes with data CDs - lists of births/etc, censuses and so forth. They are geared to running on windows, although they seem to not care how old the OS version is. As part of my investigation my first project will be to back up these CDs onto local hard disks: we encountered a failed and unrecoverable CD a year or so ago which highlit the poor life-time of CDs in general. After the backup I will look into the usablility of these data on linux but expect to require at least wine to run them, if not a real windows machine. I am not even certain that some of these CD-based data sources will run from hard disk.
I feel there has been a lack of interest in making linux "home-user-friendly" in this respect and wonder how much of this lack can be laid at the doors of linux developers who only seem to push the "office" usefulness of linux (and it's WAY past time OpenOffice was able to properly manage Access MDB!).