Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 14, 2007 11:15 PM
If you are planning to interoperate Linux with Microsoft, then read on. If you are planning to interoperate windows with Linux, then see nowhere, because it just works - Since linux is built on Standards no hidden or Linux ONLY standards.
First thing to do is identify all non standard (I really mean it) and should be replaced by standard. It does not matter whether in future you will be going to Linux/Mac or even Windows. Two years from now, you can see 'How to integrate Vista Server with XP desktop" Because Microsoft will make it difficult, so everyone is forced to use Vista. Think - Can you put a Windows 9x on your current network?
I have read somewhere that I don't recall exactly where, if you use Microsoft word document, then that document is owned by both you and Microsoft, because you have to pay Microsoft to read that document. Compare that to HTML or XML or ODF, the standard is published and any browser/application can render that document.
Once you are in the land of Open Standard, then think which distro to pick. You pick the distro by the feature and convenience and not by interoperability. Inter-operability is not a feature in linux, it is the core.
If a thing does not work well under linux, then evaluate the alternative of that thing.
Linux is trying hard to cope up with Microsoft and vendors to compromise (inter-operate) - ndiswrapper for example.
The goal should be Open standard, if you have money and willing to waste it, then you are good to go with Vista or any future Microsoft product. Product selection should be choice not a solution.