After fixing many bugs in the code and running countless builds of the d-i image, migration-assistant 0.1 is here. I’d like to thank Colin Watson and the Ubuntu community for their help and input with this release.
I hope to get everything into Edgy soon.
The reality for most potential Ubuntu users is that they’ve bought their computer with Windows pre-installed or have already installed another Linux distribution. These users have probably already used their existing operating system for a decent period of time and have accumulated documents, email, settings, and other files that can be imported and translated for use in Ubuntu, but the existing Ubuntu graphical installer mercilessly destroys them. If users could install Ubuntu knowing that all of their existing Office documents would be placed in their Documents folder, their email would be imported into Evolution, and their bookmarks imported into Firefox, they would have much more incentive to make the switch, be it from Windows or another Linux distribution.
Customers will not be able to directly upgrade Windows 2000 to Windows Vista. Rather, they will have to back up everything and format… Another possible use case for Ubuntu and migration-assistant.