How do I copy windows favourites to Linux bookmarks

  • Hi All, I have been using Vivaldi in windows 10 and really started to dislike it so I installed Linux Mint instead, without boring you all I made a fresh install and wiped windows (realising now what a mistake that was as I am a novice) anyway I was please to see vivaldi for linux as I had copied my favourites onto a usb stick now want to copy them to the bookmarks but something tells me that is not going to happen ...... would be pleased if someone knows different and would kindly share their wisdom in this area ..... thanks for reading this regardless.
    cheers Len

  • @len G'day Len. Yes you can transfer/copy your ex-Win Bookmarks, History, Current & Last Tabs, Current & Last Sessions, Notes, Custom Dictionary, Favicons, ... [& a few more things too (which we can come back to later if you like), but this will start you off for now] into your new Mint profile. See my pic below; if you copy [with your V closed] your versions of my selected files from your USB stick, to your new Mint Vivaldi profile [eg, your path would be /home/len/.config/vivaldi-snapshot/Default if you did a standard installation], overwriting the current files [if an unimportant virgin installation, otherwise back them up if you still want them], then relaunch V... you should see your stuff again. Oh, adjust that path to suit if you're using Stable not Snapshot.


    PS: Congrats for graduating from Win into the glorious Linux multiverse 🙂

  • @steffie Thanks so much for posting this. It worked perfectly. I'm also in the process of switching from Windows to Linux. I've set up a dual boot system on my old laptop for now, but as soon as I can I'll be dumping Windows for good on both of my computers. 🙂

  • @criverajc Cool bananas!! 🙂 Well done on that V victory, & especially on your imminent departure from the darkened narrowverse into the sun-drenched multiverse. 😉

    FYI... Back in 2013, after one more Win7 crash with some data loss [coz that crash happened the day i was due for my weekly backup, but before i'd started it - irony] too many, i decided to begin investigating this strange beastie "Linux" i'd vaguely heard of but knew almost nothing about. Going from dimming memory now, my pathway was something like [spanning several months; softly softly catchee monkey]:

    1. Research Linux. Oh, it's an entire OS, well this might be interesting...
    2. More research. Oh wow, there's squillions of distros, almost all free like beer, & many DE's as well, wow, this is looking cool...
    3. Research virtualisation.
    4. Create VMWare VMs for Mint Cinnamon, Ubuntu, Xubuntu.
    5. Discover Mint KDE, fall in love with it, delete the other VMs.
    6. Fall more in love with it. Begin to seriously contemplate it as a viable replacement for Win7. Research & test various candidate pgms in Mint to replace my critical Win ones.
    7. Research dual-boot. Convert Lappy SSD from Win7 to Win7 + Mint 17 KDE.
    8. Find that i'm spending more & more of my time in Mint, less & less in Win, & each time i had to boot back into Win i felt sad & imprisoned anew. Eventually the only reason i still needed to boot back, was MS Office 2010, incl. Outlook [heavy user].
    9. Had my next eureka moment [embarrassingly obvious duh now, but revelatory back then]... if i could previously create a VM for Linux in Win7, maybe i can now create a Win7 VM in Mint? Ooh goody, i can.
    10. Supplement my Lappy with a newly bought toy, my big fat tower [bft], with a SSD for Mint & encrypted /home, & a ginormous hdd for non-sensitive data & gazillions of VirtualBox [which i came to prefer over VMWare] VMs, one of which being Win8.1 [so as to run my MS Office 2010], & still leaving me tonnes of space on the hdd to create a semi-infinite number of VMs to explore myriad other Linux distros for learning & fun.
    11. Said plan with tower was a raging success. Accordingly, also convert Lappy to single-boot Mint KDE with a Win VM for Office 2010.
    12. Tire of still having to touch Windows even now just in the VMs, & especially as it was only for Office 2010, so research possible replacements. Reject LibreOffice due to horrible UI & weird doc management, reject Caligra Suite for same reasons but on steroids, discover WPS Office... yep, that'll do fine to replace Word, PP & Excel. Hmmm, what about Outlook? Reinvestigate Thunderbird, Evolution & KOrganiser. Eliminate E due to horrible data migration path & poor usability. Like K & begin trialling it, but abandon it several weeks later after yet another crash of it that lost data [what, i left MS for this?]. Go for TB with Lightning, with CherryTree for Notes & TaskCoach as task manager. Yay, Office 2010 is now completely redundant, hence can reduce Win [by now Win10 on both PCs] VMs' launches to be only every 7th circuit of Halley's Comet.
    13. Migrate from Mint 17.3 KDE4 to Maui Plasma5. Tire of multiple little sillinesses with WPS Office, re-reject Caligra Suite as still having a simply unbearable UI & mad document/spreadsheet features. Reevaluate LibreOffice. Discover that the new LO version is stunningly better than the old version i originally rejected. Test it more, love it more. Adopt it.
    14. Migrate from Maui to openSUSE Tumbleweed.
    15. Current bft VM count = 35. Associated Fun Coefficient = two to the power of 276,709 [anyone? anyone?].. 🙂

    Ooh, sorry 'bout all that crap; i still feel a teensy bit exuberant about Linux over Windows. 👅

  • Oh btw, once you're feeling comfy & relaxed in Linux, & it's all going hunky dory for you [there is a learning curve needed, & unlearning some old Win habits, & some exploration needed to find GNU/FOSS or other pgms that you like/need/want... & whilst it can be time-consuming it is IMO also fun], you might want to check out FireJail - i love it, & now run all my internet-facing pgms sandboxed in it, but also many other non-'net facing ones [just in case they ever did try anything sneaky].

  • @steffie Loved hearing about your journey. Interesting that you rejected LibreOffice at first, but came back to it later on after they improved it. I've been using the Windows version of OpenOffice for a while now. I also looked at LibreOffice some time ago, but didn't feel it was quite ready yet. Now that I have it on the Linux system, I will definitely take another look. Right now, like @len I'm running Linux Mint 18.2 with Cinnamon because it seemed the easiest to get started with.

    My HP 2000 Notebook laptop is 5 years old, but has 8GB of RAM (I've always believed in getting the maximum memory the machine will allow). It has Windows 8.1 (I never upgraded to Windows 10 on that one, as I figured it would slow it down). It runs Linux better than Windows, so I'm now in the process of leaning and checkout out software. Lots to read and learn, but I enjoy learning new things.

    My new laptop (HP Envy 17T) was purchased as a Christmas gift to myself and has 16GB of RAM, an SSD Hard Drive, and a 17 inch touch screen. It's running fine with Windows 10, but with every release of Windows it seems they take over more and more of your computer and require you to upgrade to newer equipment. I also don't like how intrusive the system is. I can't wait to put Linux on it. I may just start with a fresh new install and get rid of Windows altogether (after I make sure I have all the required Windows restore media, just in case).

    Thanks for the tip on FireJail. I've added it to my list of software to check out.

    Have a great day and thanks for all of the expertise you share on this forum.

    Christine 🙂

  • @criverajc Hiya Christine. Glad you tolerated my blurb above [i felt silly & guilty overnight, reproaching myself for the uncontrolled keyboard diarrhoea, but hoped that one or two people might get something out of it].

    Wrt LO, if i could give any advice to you at all about it, i would say this... be patient with it, refrain from rushing to judgement on it until quite familiar with its nuances. Yes, the improvement from the old version i originally disliked so much, to the then-latest version, was marked, & removed lots of my earlier objections. However, the other --really important-- thing that won me over completely, was that i spent the time better exploring its UI & Settings. Once i discovered that i could make substantial changes to the content & sequence [& size] of all the toolbars & their icons, AND to the in-document [& in-spreadsheet, etc] right-click context menus, LO became simply wonderful for me. To be honest there's still one or two lingering things i'm still stuck in my old "MS Word / Excel" ways on, but they have not been roadblocks or showstoppers for me in LO. Just to add... one of the main impetuses for me giving LO a second-look [apart from my determination to be 100% free of MS, natch], was my puzzlement at the runaway preference for it over all other candidates in the Mint forum poll & discussion thread.

    Your new Lappy self-gift sounds like a very nice toy. With an SSD & 16 GB RAM it should be pretty good in Win10, but i suspect you'll just fall over backwards in delight with it in Linux. I'm just an obsolete old biddy stuck on her mouse & keyboard paradigm, so i know nothing about pc-based touchscreens per se, nor specifically how it might [or not] go for you in Linux. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  • @steffie To be quite honest, I'm still more familiar with the keyboard and mouse, but I've also got a tablet, so I imagine after time I'll make the transition to using the touch screen more.

    Am I having fun learning Linux!!! I accidentally discovered the Expo (workspaces) feature today - what a wonderful thing! I really love the Linux Mint file manager, too. It's so great to use tabs for different folders to drag and drop instead of opening additional windows and having to tile them. Such a time saver.

    I haven't started playing with LibreOffice yet - maybe I'll try that tomorrow. I have some documents I can play around with.

    Have a good night!

    Christine 🙂


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