"Many small businesses think the servers they use all run
Windows operating systems, but many file server appliances (NetApps
and Snap, for example) are Linux-based systems using Samba for
interoperability with their Windows or Mac clients. By using a
combination of a Linux server with Samba file sharing software, you
can achieve all the desired functionality of a Windows server
without the license fees and feature bloat.
"I once worked for a company that developed Windows applications
software using UNIX systems. The software engineers needed to
access data on the UNIX servers from their Windows computers, but
the software they used to do so was clumsy, did not support NetBIOS
(an early Microsoft file sharing protocol), and--at $200 per PC--it
was rather expensive..."
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