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The idea of giving to whoever needs it is a brilliant idea. The creation of an underclass has already happened here in the US, and this process can be seen repeating itself in the UK. A major part of keeping people away from just 'taking' what they need through crime, might be to ensure that they just plain 'have what they need'. I'm sure the same argument can be extended to drugs, which would at a stroke 'contain' the spiralling crime attributed to getting the money to pay for drugs. Unfortunately this will probably never happen, as people and government often feel happier trying to control a problem rather than solving it.
A few years ago I migrated some hundreds of megabytes of MS Office 4.2 files from Macs to PCs when the company switched away from Macs. This was a pretty sizeable problem. I staged the files on a CAP (Columbia Appletalk Package) server on SunOS. This is still around and may well build on Linux. Once you have the files on Linux, Perl or equivalent can be used to cleanse the filenames to something Windows will not spit up on. I can't remember the details, but there are some calls you can use to identify the MAC type of the Office files so you can add the right extension. After some practice runs, I could get about 300 Mbytes done a day. Pretty much the transferred files seemed to load equivalently on Macs, so maybe MS aren't all bad... CAP also supports spooling from Macs etc. etc.