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

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.174.103.141] on December 14, 2007 09:37 PM
The effort appears to be one-sided.
This discussion has moved off topic, of course, but targets the basis for the issues Tom cited when digressing into assigning fault. Most wouldn't decry an honest company for requesting reasonable payment for a good product that is provided without restrictions or coercion. It's when a company aggressively manipulates the market to eliminate competition toward their benefit at the expense of all other parties, including the customer, that many cry foul. Commercial interests exist in the Linux world without major objection and users can always make Free choices if they want to work independently.
The statement about a "Third World OS" is more poignant than the speaker intended. What OS will the exploding population of users in the economically less-endowed portion of the planet (majority) choose?? A restrictive, expensive, uncooperative closed-source OS, or a Free open-source, no-cost, standards-compliant OS?? It's MS that should start worrying about integration issues and cooperativity, or they won't last long.

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