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

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.186.168.133] on December 20, 2007 02:26 AM
For most uses Ubuntu works just fine with Windows networks. At my company we use both Windows and Linux and have not had many major issues. We use SAMBA on our Linux to access our Windows shares and have not had many issues {make sure the WORKGROUPS are set properly}. We use NFS for most of our file services from Linux. My Evolution works fine with Outlook calendars and I have only had two minor printing issues with Ubuntu. For the most part it seems that printing is better supported under Ubuntu than with Windows Vista {my SO has had so many problems getting her USB printers to work in Windows}. Graphics in Ubuntu are cutting edge with both ATI and nVidia drivers. For my work MS Office is not essential. OpenOffice more than suffices for creation of documents and spreadsheets. Visually I find Ubuntu fonts and GUI much more attractive than any version of Windows. In general I consider Ubuntu one of the best OS's available for a home computer user. In our organization it has provided our developers a stable platform for the last year {before which we used Fedora Core}. As with installing any software it is recommended to be familiar with the software configuration. I just installed XP Home on a machine and have had endless problems supporting the audio chip {Realtek HD audio} which has no problems under Ubuntu. I have installed the drivers via setup from the MB support CD without success. Ubuntu 7.10 detects all devices on every Desktop and Laptop system I own.

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