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Linux Magazine: The Real Road Ahead: Making Windows and Linux Work Together

Jun 24, 2000, 18:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

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"Face it, it's a Windows world. Whether you use Linux on your home system or at your job, the chances are that you have to work with Windows users and their systems, and, more important, that you exchange data with them on a regular basis. Or maybe you'd like to use Linux in your work environment, but you're facing the dual obstacles of convincing the powers that be to let you ditch Windows and of figuring out exactly what to do once you get permission. Or perhaps you just want to switch your home system over to Linux, and you're wondering if it will create problems with the Windows documents you bring home every week..."

"Total World Domination for Linux would certainly make things easier for everyone using Linux, but the simple fact is that that won't happen any time soon. There are many operating systems out there, and 90 percent of the desktops are running Windows."

"There are basically four main areas where Linux can interoperate with Windows. You may have to exchange files, share resources, run alien apps, or perhaps create new programs. With any luck you'll have to deal with only one or two of these at a time, but on large, long-term projects expect to see all four. Let's examine them one at a time."

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