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Question of perspective: Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.174.103.141] on December 13, 2007 10:58 PM
Full interoperability is clearly an important goal and efforts to bridge the gap between network environments with smoothly operating tools would be great. But a different network environment for each operating system seems less desirable than a standardized network environment. Some may benefit from keeping their user-base isolated through non-cooperativity in design/standards though. It's more difficult for a pack member to stay with a "leader", than it is for the "leader" to stay with him/herself. So separate networks will require continuing effort toward solutions. Much of the well-written article cites Linux interfacing with Windows network/servers/software as incomplete - which it is - but it's worth noting that Windows interfacing with Linux network/servers/software is almost non-existent. I realize the issue is movement from Win to Lin, but the disparity in this 2-party interaction warrants consideration of which better supports end users.

Different points/experiences:
1) How would a migration from a Linux environment to a Windows environment compare with respect to interoperability? Are many features you cited specific to the Windows environment/implementation such that similar difficulties (or more) would arise from the alternate perspective? How well does Win Office handle documents from other office packages? Most of the time, not at all.
2) I often have issues with MS PPT not maintaining text formatting when pasting, and MS PPT on Win vs Mac is a perpetual headache, even though a single company provides both PPT versions.
3) Graphics in Calc appear considerably better than Excel to me, but as someone who always uses specialized graphics programs for work, my standards appear to be higher than most. Calc is closer to satisfying than Excel though.
4) Which is more sophisticated: A system that works with itself but not others, or a system that works with itself and others imperfectly?

Just a perspective...

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