[Samba] Accessing Samba Shares from Windows

Michael Coburn mcoburn at jupiterimages.com
Thu Dec 21 17:19:18 GMT 2006

Not true at all!  Why not hire admins that know both Linux AND Windows?  
Small businesses have that kind of flexibility and it would work to the 
owner's advantage to be installing linux boxes in at client sites since 
they save the customer all that extra licensing that would otherwise go 
to Microsoft.  Then that small business owner is faced with the 
unfortunate decision of whether to pass those cost savings on to the  
client, or *gasp* keep it and call it profit.

And really, it's not like there's this big stretch between the two 
OSes.  Especially since you're on a Samba mailing list that 
intentionally crosses the the OS gap by definition.. What kind of a 
response to your statement did you expect??
Michael Coburn, MCSE 2003
Enterprise Systems Administrator -- Linux

Bernard Peek wrote:
> In message <E1GxPtg-00065s-00 at intern.SerNet.DE>, Volker Lendecke 
> <Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE> writes
>> On Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 02:41:00PM +0000, Bernard Peek wrote:
>>> I wouldn't call it irresponsible or stupid. If samba.org are willing to
>>> provide free on-site software support then I'm sure that the OP could
>>> persuade his employer to change the policy. If I was responsible for a
>>> company network, and didn't have any Linux support resources, I would
>>> block anyone from connecting any Linux boxes to my network whether 
>>> using
>>> Samba or not. There are situations where there might be a legal
>>> requirement to do just that.
>> There are *TONS* of options for professional Linux support.
>> For specific Samba support look at www.samba.org, you will
>> find the link to the commercial support pages.
> Yes, I know it's available. But you need to pay for it. If you have 
> in-house support for Windows systems then you don't have to pay any 
> extra. If I was starting a new business today I could use Linux for 
> everything and not have to hire any Windows support people. But if I 
> then had to use one Windows application I would have to buy in support 
> for it, either by recruiting a new support person with Windows 
> experience or by paying for a support contract. In that situation I 
> might stop anyone connecting a Windows machine to my network, until I 
> had arranged support somehow.
> Linux is probably cheaper to support than Windows, particularly when 
> you have many machines. But supporting Linux and Windows is more 
> expensive than supporting either Windows or Linux alone. Small 
> businesses can afford one or the other, not both.

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