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SmallBusinessComputing: Do the Samba with Linux File Servers

Jul 27, 2005, 05:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Beth Cohen)

"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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