Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be *for end-users*
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 14, 2007 09:36 PM
The title of your article left off two words, which I've added to the modified subject line above.
Your entire premise is that, boo hoo, Ubuntu is hard for non-techs to integrate into MS-Windows networks.
Did you ever stop to think that maybe it *should* be difficult for end-users to monkey around with computer networks?
It is this mindset that you've put on display in this article that has made the propagation of poorly written "applications" so widespread. The "Gee-I-don't-need-to-hire-real-programmers-because-I-can-write-what-I-need-in-Visual-Basic-myself" crowd is fast learning that they can't really do it very well, or as cheaply, as they could if they spent the up-front money on experienced developers.
It is this same mindset ("Gee-I-don't-need-real-network-admins-because-I-know-the-system-password-to-the-server-myself") that is gonna keep you locked into the expensive and low-quality network that is Microsoft Server.
When you get *experienced* and *trained* sysadmins (not some "writer cum sysop") you don't have the problems you've outlined here. Those are the guys who are smart enough to know that you start integrating Linux into any network through the Server side - not the client side.