I'm sure this is a really stupid question, but I thought I'd give it a try anyhow.
I finally took the plunge and reformatted my laptop hard drive and set up partitions to dual boot, with a single fat32 "data" partition. I haven't installed the Linux part yet (trying to decide between Fedora Core and Ubuntu) but I am setting up the Windows system to be more organized than it was before.
After trying out FileHamster (mentioned in this thread https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=10212.0
) and having a look at Tortoise SVN, I am starting to think that a more "proper" version control system would be a good idea. Syncing and so on proved to be a pain in the butt, and because I tend to generate scads of changes in my PhD documents (in Word, LaTeX, Access, OOo, GRASS GIS, GIMP, etc, etc, etc...) I can easily get lost in the changes. This has led me to screw up at least one important document in my file cleanup frenzy before I reformatted the hard drive.
So, the dumb question is this: can I set up a Subversion system on my laptop to track changes that can be accessed by either Linux or XP? It's not entirely clear to me whether both systems can understand changes made in a single set of documents. Does anyone have a good solution for keeping one set of data files and using either operating system to modify them?