[CS-FSLUG] List of Migration Gotchas

Ed Hurst ehurst at asisaid.com
Tue Dec 2 09:16:25 CST 2008

Working from the perspective of a public school IT guy, Chris Dawson at
ZDNet came up with I decent list of migration issues for moving users
from Windows to Linux. I get he's trying to find enough support from the
community to apply leverage in the future in convincing the school to


His call for comment raised these issues. Anyone care to comment?

 - Printing: Some manufacturers still won't play nice with CUPS.

 - Dawson feels the groups policy in Windows is unmatched in Linux.

 - Group policy and domain controls for pushing updates and policy controls.

 - Complex Excel files constructed by those Excel gurus importable to

 - Something they called "extracurricular crap" -- 3rd party stuff not
in violation of rules and policies, but apparently not having any Open
Source equivalent. Take away the users' toys and they'll sabotage a

 - ADA compliance has been addressed to some degree, but even though I
work with this every day (a friend going blind), I don't have the means
to test the options because it would need a separate machine. Does
anyone have experience with this?

Ed Hurst
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