Linked by David Adams on Tue 8th Jul 2008 04:09 UTC, submitted by Caffeine Deprived
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article takes a look at the issues involved with ditching Windows for Linux. It's not the most in-depth piece, but it provides a handy introduction of the 'how's and 'why's of shifting.
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SBS2003 to Linux
by Nicram on Tue 8th Jul 2008 10:47 UTC
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Well i've got problem. I'm searching for some free Linux, that will got same features like SBS2003. Is there any? Here in Poland all schools got special project from gov, that they got new computers with SBS2003. They are all working using domains. The clients are configured in many ways, with dofferent groups, users etc. Is there some Linux, that can be used instead of SBS2003 & got same features (like configuring what user got on desktop, what he can't run. disabling USB, configuring what sites can't load, per user or group etc.). I mean 100% linux (server + clients)???
Ofcourse it must be same simple in administration in all aspects because such server will be at school & teachers will use it, & noone will pay them for learning how to use Linux. So it must be simple enough.
Are there any chances of doing that with Linux?

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RE: SBS2003 to Linux - what functions?
by jabbotts on Tue 8th Jul 2008 15:19 in reply to "SBS2003 to Linux"
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CentOS is worth a look. (Enterprise Red Hat without the branding)

(drat, there is a great distro that just released an update; it's basically a server in a can. Open the lid, dump out a prebuild webserver or small business server. Of course, I can't remember the name.. booo.. Maybe it is BSD based.. I'll have to go look it up as I need it for something else also.)

If you list out the functions you need to support, someone can probably make a recommendation. There was a fellow on another site who kept up a discussion forum while building a "Home Server" duplicate using Debian and whatever bits supported his needs.

For a small business server, your probably looking at Debian with eGroupware, Samba and backups. If you need an AD server, you can build that also though Fedora makes a point of having a ready to go AD server install. If you just want an appliance like an SBS box, check out Red Hat, Novell or Mandriva. IBM could probably offer something. There must be some

Edited 2008-07-08 15:21 UTC

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