Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 17, 2007 04:02 PM
Whoever questioned ditching an investment a few posts up must not have worked in IT for very long. With MS you can almost plan to ditch some investments just to keep up with MS. Take for example ASP which was ditched for ASP.net. If you want to keep up with the system thats currently supported you would need to ditch a whole codebase and write it all over. Ditching server OS investments can save you money.....why keep paying money simply because....you originally paid money.
Anyway I believe in those that have said move your servers to an open standard. What I don't understand though is why software vendors have not caught on to this idea as well. Relying on MS as your base is like riding a nuke. You never have full access to their system and they can steal your idea, integrate it into windows as only MS can and run away with your consumer base over night. Why not build on a platform where you have the full ability to integrate seamlessly. Your products could work much better and you don't have some company waiting for you to build up the base and then cut you out of the market.
As for linux/windows integration I do not believe the linux community should focus on this due to the same reason above. MS will cut them out of the market time and time again and time will be wasted on integration rather than development of products and features. If you want to crack the market then start coming out with "must have" features. Use the openness of the community as an advantage and build things to rival what MS has to offer rather than mimicking. When you have enough features up your sleeve that MS doesn't then more people will start to notice.