Can a laptop running Linux "play" in a Windows-based network?

Posted on 2006-07-24
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Have a user at work who just bought a new Linear laptop with the Linux OS.  She's asking me if it will work on our Windows-based network.  I don't know the answer.   What kinds of things will I need to consider?
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It really depends on what you applications etc you are making use of on the "windows network"
File and Print sharing can be accomplished using Samba. Outlook access can be established using Evolution .

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Users on our network have access to networked printers (via a print server) and the Internet.  Several of the programs they use every day are web-based (web sites they are members of).

Is there a booklet or whitepaper or something that will "walk me through" setting them up?
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Easiest way to take care of the printing..

Enable Printing for Unix Services on your Window Print Server

and then in Linux setup the printers as LPR ( Remote Line Printers) with the ip address of the server as the ip and then the queue as the name of the Printer share

Web based is simple cause htey just use the regular browser in the linux distro or add firefox etc. for documentation on configuration of Samba .

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Thanks.  I'll give this a shot.

(although I'm tempted to go out and buy her a version of MS XP and allow her to run both.  It could "cost" me less in the long run.)
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Linux usually isnt an end user friendly OS but if there isnt alot of Windows concentric stuff then it should be just fine.


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