Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jun 2010 22:20 UTC, submitted by Preston Gralla
In the News So, what to do with this. If we don't run it, we're pro-Linux. If we do run it, we're pro-Microsoft. And I'm sure that whatever we do, we're anti-Apple somehow. In any case, here we go: the latest market share figures from IDC about servers show that Windows is by far the most popular server operating system in terms of unit sales, increasing its market share even further. Linux, on the other hand, saw its market share in the server market sink a little.
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Stuck in the 1970s
by IkeKrull on Sun 6th Jun 2010 00:26 UTC
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Centralised authentication, useful filesystem ACLs, a network filesystem that doesnt require total lockdown for any client accessing it,GUI tools for management of the above - all of this is missing from Linux, and present in Windows.

You can do some of those things on Linux, but only in a way that requires huge amounts of arcane knowlege to
set up and maintain. Some fundamental stuff, like filesystem permissions, will require enormous, pervasive changes to many layers of tools to work nicely.

However, When you can do the following in Linux using the native, gui, non-samba management tools supplied out-of-the-box by a distro:

Add 2 users to the system, and create 2 groups.

Add the first user to the first group, and give the group read and write access to a folder.

Add the second user to the second group, and give that group read-only access to the same folder.

Share that folder across the network

Give User B a home directory on the server.

Share a printer across the network as Printer A, and give print access to both groups created earlier.

Have User A change their password when they next login.

Allow User B to log in from their personal laptop, which uses a different set of uid/gids to the company server.

Set a print quota for Group A so they can be billed per-page from Printer A

Back up and restore the files on the system such that all file permissions are retained.

Then a lot of people who are dependent on Windows will sit up and take notice. Until then, that's why Windows server is popular.

Edited 2010-06-06 00:28 UTC

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