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Old 02-21-2005, 01:01 PM   #1
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something similar to Terminal Services


Hey Guys,

I'm quite new to Linux. The company where I am an IT Manager currently uses Terminal Services on windows 2000 servers. Quite frankly, I am sick of microsoft, and wish to migrate to Linux. My questions are as follows:

1. Is there a server version of linux (similar to Win2k or 2003), that has Office and other utilities built in (just like RedHat), but also has the facility for multiple users to log on via RDP (or something) just like Terminal Services?

2. If so, can this Server version of linux be configured on several servers for load balancing?

3. Is there an email server (like MS Exchange) that I can migrate mailboxes to (from exchange 2000)?

4. Can DOS applications be run on Linux?

5. Can Lotus Notes be run on Linux?

Many thanks for your help.


Will.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 01:53 PM   #2
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Re: something similar to Terminal Services

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Is there a server version of linux (similar to Win2k or 2003), that has Office and other utilities built in (just like RedHat), but also has the facility for multiple users to log on via RDP (or something) just like Terminal Services?
here's one solution that might be worth looking into:

http://k12ltsp.org/contents.html

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If so, can this Server version of linux be configured on several servers for load balancing?
sure, i don't see why not...

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Is there an email server (like MS Exchange) that I can migrate mailboxes to (from exchange 2000)?
i think you can find several books on how to migrate from windows mail servers to pretty much any unix-based mail server... also, with a little googling i'm sure you'll find howtos also... the "popular" unix mail server is sendmail but here's some other nice ones:

http://www.postfix.org/

http://www.exim.org/

there's also qmail, but some people don't like the license if i remember correctly:

http://www.qmail.org/

you can also throw some decent web interfaces on them, like this one for example:

http://www.squirrelmail.org/

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Can DOS applications be run on Linux?
you can try doing it with: http://www.dosemu.org/

maybe wine can also do DOS, but i'm not sure: http://www.winehq.com

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Can Lotus Notes be run on Linux?
looks like you might be able to do it with wine: http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=27

just my two cents...
 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:10 PM   #3
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It's a technical question, so moved to a technical forum.

1. Is there a server version of linux (similar to Win2k or 2003), that has Office and other utilities built in (just like RedHat), but also has the facility for multiple users to log on via RDP (or something) just like Terminal Services?

In fact, any distribution will do, all you need is to install LTSP (http://www.ltsp.org/).

2. If so, can this Server version of linux be configured on several servers for load balancing?

Yes, you can configure it as cluster or load balance a specific software (Apache, for example).

4. Can DOS applications be run on Linux?

Dosemu with FreeDOS should do well. But still, it's emulation, so don't expect too much (works nicely, but slower than native app).

5. Can Lotus Notes be run on Linux?

You probably can run it under wine, but it's not a very good idea (performance). I'd rather search for a replacement.
 
  


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