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Submission + - Can Windows, OS X and Fedora all work together? 1

greymond writes: In my ever growing job responsibilities, I’ve recently been tasked with documenting our organizations IT infrastructure, primarily focusing on cost analysis of our hardware leases and software purchases. This is something that has never been done in our organization before and while it’s moving along slowly, I’m already seeing some places where we could make improvements. Once completed, I see this as an opportunity to bring up the topic of migrating the majority of our office from Windows 7 to Linux and Exchange to Gmail. However, this would result in three departments each running a different system, Windows, OS X and most likely Fedora. Has anyone worked in or tried to setup an environment like this? What road blocks did you run into? Is this really feasible or should I just continue to focus on the cutbacks that don't require OS changes?

The requirement for having three different systems is that the vast majority of our administration, who rely solely on an install of Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel, are savvy enough that if they came in and saw Gnome running on Fedora with Open Office they’d pick it up fast. However, our marketing department is composed entirely of Apple systems, and the latest Adobe Creative Suite doesn’t seem to all work under Wine. The biggest issue is with the Sales department though, as they rely on a proprietary sales platform that is Windows only, as well as generally, sales personal give the biggest push back when it comes to organizational changes.
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Can Windows, OS X and Fedora all work together?

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  • It may be cheaper and easier to just turn everything into windows based. I'm sure if you you go to some Microsoft guy and say I'm going to convert everything in my company to linux, unless you give me a deal on licenses. I'm sure he will, hey you should probably do it anyway, I've done it, it will usually make the guy krap a brick, and give you a good deal. I'm sure you can get all the adobe stuff for windows, so that's just one department to turn over, instead of three.

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