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

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on December 16, 2007 06:46 AM
I can sympathize with the original author.

I have been integrating Linux and open source into a small company for years.

Replacement of MS servers went okay. Except for print servers. Always have problems with connections when using Samba print servers and could never get Samba print servers to dole out the drivers like I can with MS servers. Using LDAP and Samba as a replacement for PDC works fine.

Firefox and thunderbird have been accepted and work just fine in 50% of the cases. Biggest problems are with apps that integrate with Outlook.

OpenOffice has never worked out. Mainly because of what the author discussed or alluded to, OpenOffice files cannot be shared and opened by more than one person at a time. Until that little problem gets solved I don't think that it will ever get beyond a nice app for single users. I have heard the arguments that this type of work should be done with a database. Well here are the simple facts I know. There are a lot more people out there that can edit and format an Office document than there are people that can set up and integrate/maintain/update an interface to a database. [If you've never gone into MS Office and disconnect people from a file or see who has the file open then you don't know what I'm talking about, this isn't simply sharing a file on a server]. Until OpenOffice gets this figured out, I don't see it taking a lot of market share, except here in my home office.

As for Linux networking, you've got to be kidding me if you think that NFS is the answer (Maybe NFS4). But for secure documents in a medium office environment Samba and linux permissions can be tedious an inadequate. Most executives can't understand why it is so difficult to have a share //Computer/Department/SubDepartment/Specialty that can't be secured so that everyone can have access to Department but only 5 people can have access to Specialtly. It can be done but in a Windows/Linux environment it is rather tedious. It's hard enough to explain how to do it in a straight Windows environment, but then try to explain to someone how to do it in a Windows/Linux environment.

I wish zeolets would just wake up to the realization that the Windows/Linux/Mac environment is not going to go away, everyday new apps come out with strictly Windows capability, frustrates the hell out of me sometimes but that's the way it is.

We just have to keep pluggin away and hope that we can build a better and easier to operate mouse trap.

I use Linux at home and do my work and development on Linux, because I got tired of having to work on the OS, pay for antivirus, antispyware when I just wanted to get something else done. But there are still a lot of people that require Windows to run the applications that they need for their work. For me I use Vmware and soon Xen for those MS apps. I can't even get away from it entirely.


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