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

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.44.126.103] on December 14, 2007 10:26 AM
Thanks for all the helpful tips. Quickly to respond to some comments...

Investing in migrating the servers, better support, etc. I completely agree, in theory. The problem that I face is a charity IT budget - it's extremely tight so it will take a lot of work to justify any short term increase, even if it _might_ offer long term savings. I need to prove the benefits and then find some funding. An additional issue is that there are lots of companies in south London who offer support for a Windows network, but very few for Linux/BSD/etc. so I have to find them all to convince management that we're not getting ourself into an uncompetitive market.

I'm too thick, missed this step, etc. - if a free software advocate and user of 6 or so years struggles, what hope does the average IT staff in a small business or charity have? Not every organisation has a team of qualified UNIX engineers on hand!

Microsoft lock in - Again, all true, my article isn't intended to say "Linux is hopeless" but simply a detailed account of the problems and joys that *Ubuntu* presents when trying to interoperate with various Windows technologies. I hope it is useful both to developers and others in my position!

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