"It's great to develop the platform and tell everyone how great
it is and that they should come over to Linux, but it is much more
effective if we could assist people in migrating. To this end, I
have been writing an ongoing series on Windows NT to Linux
Administration. But even my series assumes that the Windows NT
Administrator has conceptual experience. We need something focused
even more on the small to mid-sized business."
"What we need is a migration tool, preferably for both
NT and Novell. ... Unfortunately, it seems to me that the best way
to handle a tool like this would be as a Linux pre-installation
tool that tailors the installation to the requirements on the
Windows NT box. This would put the onus of doing this project
better in the hands of a major distribution."
"Microsoft's interoperability has always been geared toward
migration, so why not take a cue from that and make migration to
linux as painless as possible? Then the small to medium sized
companies can look to migrate without first having an individual
that it capable of administrating both Windows NT and Linux.
Combine an easy conversion with free software and ease of use, and
for a smaller penny-pinching company, Linux is the only intelligent
option. This super easy migration would make the concept much more
appealing to any undecided administrators too. With the
improvements in the user and administrative interface, this could
really take the ease of administration, at least for the simpler
stuff, down to the level of Windows NT administration. Which would
give the existing Windows NT administrator extra time to do more
important things... like learning Linux."