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In my company, all PCs and Servers run Windows.

I'm not an expert in Linux and Unix stuff, but I believe it's possible to change the whole thing to Linux. If we don't have any applications that are mission critical, why wouldn't I change to Linux for the benefits (secure, extra configurable and highly increase the amount of knowledge about computing )?

What is the scenario or the directions or the steps those are required to do such a thing? What is the equivalent of an Active Directory Domain in the Linux world?

I know some stuff about OpenLDAP, NIS, Debian and CentOS, but I know I miss many things, if not why I'm asking in the first place...

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closed as not a real question by voretaq7 Feb 12 '13 at 21:24

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You really need some more details about your current requirements before you can even think about building a case for such a migration. – jscott Feb 12 '13 at 21:19
Step 1: Analyze your requirements. Step 2: Determine if such a thing is feasible. There is no possible way we can perform either of these steps for you on a Q&A site - this is a huge project that would require a consulting team to even begin to approach doing right... – voretaq7 Feb 12 '13 at 21:21
"I'm not an expert in Linux and Unix stuff, but I believe it's possible to change the whole thing to Linux." Whoah. Right. To me that says.. "I'm no expert in brain surgery, but a frontal lobotomy should be easy with a Dewalt drill". – Tom O'Connor Feb 12 '13 at 21:21
Completely changing an infrastructure without putting in more thought past "well it can be done" does not mean a.) you should do it or b.) that it's a good idea. – cole Feb 12 '13 at 21:22
Last I checked, Adobe doesn't make reader or Acrobat Pro for Linux and there's no direct analog to Active Directory in Linux. There are a lot of different ways to put all of the different pieces together to get what you want, but there's no single bundles package like AD. There's a reason that Microsoft owns so much of the business desktop/laptop market. They made really good management tools that have low barriers to entry. Don't you think if there were comparably easy Linux solutions that people would stop buying Microsoft? – MDMarra Feb 12 '13 at 21:29
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First of all, this is a terrible idea. If you don't know how to manage Linux and you don't understand the implications, you shouldn't be doing this. An operating system is only as secure as someone that knows how to manage it. If you're familiar with Windows and unfamiliar with Linux, then the odds are that you'll be much worse-off with Linux while you learn.

Also, keep in mind that configuration management is handled much differently. You'll need to learn something like Puppet, Chef, or radmind instead of using tools like Group Policy or SCCM.

Basically, you'll need an authorization database to replace AD. You can use any number of LDAP servers out there. Go do some research.

You'll need productivity applications. Does OpenOffice meet all of your requirements?

You'll need to train your employees. Are you OK with the workflow interruption that is going to happen as you uproot their entire technology infrastructure?

Are you going to learn things like Zimbra/Dovecot/Postfix/Sendmail instead of Exchange? Are you going to learn to manage Apache instead of IIS?

If you have a compelling business case, then sure, go for it. But do your research. There's nothing inherently more secure or better about Windows or Linux. It's only as good as the person managing it and the quality of that management will drop sharply as you learn a whole new suite of tools.

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First of all, Thank u ALL so much for your answers and comments, secondly, I know it will take us a long time to achieve such a thing, but it was a discussion between me and my boss, he asked me if is it possible or not after the management meeting about the company current situation. but after all i got some really very good tips and hints about what we will face and what the migration will cost to be done. THANKS. – cwigmer.wdm Feb 12 '13 at 21:41
No problem. If you feel like this answered your question, you should click the green check mark next to this answer so other can see that it helped you :) – MDMarra Feb 12 '13 at 21:47

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