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Linux in a Windows shop

Is it possible to bring Linux into our existing all-Microsoft shop? We have to use Linux to use other open source packages, right?

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In answer to your first question, it is very possible to use Linux in a mixed-OS environment. Using an open source product called Samba enables you to integrate Linux machines into your environment using the same security setup you already have in place.

The answer to your second question is that it is not necessary to have Linux in place to use other open source products. Most of them run quite well on Windows (as well as other operating systems like Solaris). We've deployed open source applications very successfully in Windows environments, so don't let your lack of Linux machines dissuade you from considering open source.

This was first published in November 2004

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