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Linux.com: Migrating Penguins

Nov 28, 2000, 19:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Campbell)

"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."

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