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Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 91.89.37.65] on December 13, 2007 09:23 PM

Every time I read such articles a question from Windows user always comes up.

The question was pretty innocent: "Windows has Windows Network, but what's Linux network?"

Come to think about it, even Mac OS has its own network environment where bunch of Macs can integrate smoothly and use each' others shared resources.

But Linux is different. Every damm zealot screams about Windows integration, while nobody really tries to make Linux own network where different Linuxes can play nicely with each other, making end-user experience 1st class. And as long as Linux would be dependent on reverse engineering of Windows protocols (which are bogus and incomplete to begin with) integrating Linux into any environment would remain a hurdle.

You Windows plug into network - and here you have (sometimes) your environment and shared resources. You plug Mac OS into network and it would find AppleTalk shares as well as ZeroConf (Rendez-vous/Bonjour) resources. You plug Linux into network ... right and now the integration has to start... as usually manually.

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