Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 17, 2007 11:25 AM
I think that integrating Linux into a windows network is always going to take a small amount of brainpower, or effort on the part of the sysadmin, and here's why.....
Samba - the folks at M$ don't release source code so the samba guys have had to reverse engineer everything about how windows network sharing works. They've done an awesome job! And the Linux networking is really awesome once you get the hang of it. Just take a look at X over ssh!
Exchange..... pfft! Exchange isn't a good solution even for experienced windows sysadmins. It is one of those M$ products that seems to have been designed to keep administrators busy.
Printers - Yes linux doesn't work with some printers, the reason is normally that the manufacturer didn't write a linux driver. All your printers that 'just work' in windows are not because windows is better but that the manufacturer wrote a driver for windows when they released the printer.
For me, Linux is better. If it doesn't seem that way to you. Then I'm sorry cos you're missing out on some really good stuff. Just because it seems hard (poor babies) when you first give it a try.