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Linux Client Setup Guide

After asking this question:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Q_21424946.html
I a few task specific questions...

1a.  I do not mind using Suse as the Linux Client OS, but would feel better with Fedora Core 2 / 3 as I have a bit of experience with it.  Is there any BIG reason why I should use Suse instead and is there a step-by-step setup guide available?  

1b.  Also with windows its almost impossible to deploy a Windows XP Pro image accross a variety of machines that contain non matching hardware (Intel & AMD, MSI & Aopen MB;s, etc.).  Is there a way to make an image of a  LInux install that is indapendant of the hardware and install the drivers after the image is laid on?

1c.  Any suggestions for file sharing on a Linux server besides Samba?  I am not a big fan of Samba as it does not (as far as I know) support NTFS.  I will for a long time to come, based on physical location topology, be unable to do away with NTFS partitions on some of my existing servers and clients.

2a.  I generally use F-Prot as my Anti-Virus solution for Windows clients, and as there is a linux version I will most probably stay with it.  Is there any reason why I shouldn't use F-Prot, Linus version?

2b.  Can I get some recomendations for Anti-Spyware fr a linux pc?

3.  The only 2 Linux Wyse 60 Terminal CLients that I have found are not very satisfactory.  One is a development project that does not look very stable to me and the other verrrryyyyyy expensive.  Do you guys know of any other alternative?

4.  Novell ZENworks for Linux as far as I can tell is $69 per license, that seems a bit steep to me.  Is there anyway to buy a site wide license or is there another alternative that will me client administration resources for the client pc's?

5.  I have no issues at all usiing SSH to remotely administor the pc's but I like VNC as it allows me to show a user how to perform a specific task instead of doing it for them...  Knowledge is power right :).  Is VNC for a linux environment stable & secure?

Keep in mind that my boss's have laid down a pretty strict budget for this test network and I have to keep the final project below the cost of Win 2003 Server & Licenses & Win XP Pro Licenses.  Thanks for all the help :)
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wesly_chenCommented:
A1a. You don't have stick with SuSE. If you want OS support, RedHat have enterprise version.
     Fedora Core 4 will come out in June. You can try it, too.

A1b. Yes. Use Kickstart to deploy multiple machine installation.

A1c. What do you mean that Samba doesn't support NTFS? If your Windows PC shared out the NTFS,
    then samba should be able to access it. However, for all the permission of security on NTFS, then you
    need to stick to M$ Windows since M$ doesn't open NTFS criteria. So Samba or other platforms have
    hard time to make themselves fully compatible to NTFS.

A2a. No, if you feel comfortable. There is another Linux AntiVirus software called ClamAV:
   http://www.clamav.net/
   You can try it. It is most for scan M$ Windows Virus on the mail or ftp/web server.

A2b. I never heard of any spyware on Linux, so I don't see any antispyare on Linux.

A3, A4. What do you need the terminal client for?
   VNC is similar to M$ remote desktop control. Is this you are looking for?

A5. Yes, VNC is quite stable. As for secure, make the password harder to guess.
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mikemanerAuthor Commented:
>> Fedora Core 4 will come out in June. You can try it, too.
I didn't know that, I am looking forward to trying it :)

>> If your Windows PC shared out the NTFS, then samba should be able to access it. However, for all the permission of security on NTFS, then you need to stick to M$ Windows since M$ doesn't open NTFS criteria.

If I understand correcly your saying that Samba will see NTFS partitions, its security that is stoping it?

>> What do you need the terminal client for?

The company I work for uses a suite of Business Software apps writtenin Uni-Basic using Wyse 60 emulation.  ATM we are using the J River product Ice.TCP to connect the windows PC's but I will need to replace that with something comperable on the linux pc's
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wesly_chenCommented:
> Samba will see NTFS partitions, its security that is stoping it?
Samba will see NTFS share folder (patition is seen by OS) through network.
But the more indepth of security setting will missing if you read the NTFS shared folder in Linux through Samba.
Such as the "modfy" permission or allow other group member to specific access on the files.
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