this is heading off topic, but the domino effects are very real.
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I've tested out a samba file and printer server as a possible replacement for my windows server. Everything works pretty well -- samba is a deceptively deep product! I'm still grappling with how (if) to replace my central auth/access control roles that my winbox provides. (samba, nis, openldap)
More importantly, I'm trying to grok how pluto can be "dropped" into existing home networks. (my network is more complex than what most target clients should be.)
Along side: Point pluto to existing repositories (itunes, photoshop album..) and services (print, auth, dhcp) and it stay current automatically (e.g. updates to itunes repository picked up)
Integrate: allow pluto to assume some roles (dhcp, media repositories...) but allow change to be transparent to existing windows/mac clients (samba shares named/mapped properly...) but allow the existing network to keep others (firewall, print, auth)
Replacement: Debian is more than up to the job. Skill set to be successful is a bit more scarce than with M$. Many ongoing system configs may have to be sync'd into pluto databases. Replacements for some familliar tools (network backup software, vpn, webmail, remote desktop)
This isn't 'bitching', it's the excitement of making room in the garage for a a cool new offering!!