Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 14, 2007 03:03 PM
Hey, Microsoft *always* listens to the customer, I'm sure if you let them know you need an AD client for Ubuntu they'd be happy to whip you up a deb. They'd probably release it GPL too.
Seriously, though; if you want to integrate a linux desktop with AD, you need to took at Novell's offerings or maybe Redhat. Those guys actually care about catering to Microsoft networks. I say this as a confirmed Ubuntu/MEPIS/Debian user.
Also, if you want to start bringing Linux into the network, it's not going to be drop-in. You might try starting on the server end first, as some have suggested. Linux servers can mimic Microsoft protocols for your WinXP clients, while offering you better integration choices for your Linux boxes.