Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 14, 2007 12:50 AM
I appreciate your article. It is a pity that Ubuntu is so hard to integrate into a windows network. The truth is I don't think the Ubuntu community or Canonical really thinks it is that important to integrate into the windows network on the client. There is work to get Ubuntu servers to connect to windows networks for Hardy and there has been some talk about getting the client to work in a windows network but it's mainly been all talk and no action. The problems with other distributions is either you're going to pay a fair bit (in which case there is no cost advantage over windows) or you get a distribution that is obsolete in a year and has no security updates after that (ie fedora). I suspect your best bet is to stick with windows but try and use opensource applications as much as you can. Eventually Ubuntu may have good windows integration support or one of the other free distributions may offer longer support for security updates. By the way I use Ubuntu at home and enjoy it. However, I don't know why it has taken them so long to support naming services without having to do a series of steps. I suspect it's because the average user doesn't need to do this.