Windows_NT writes: "I've been in the networking scene for a few years now, and majority of networks consist of Microsoft Servers, and clients, Or Linux Servers and Microsoft Clients, Everything mixed together. What about a full blown Linux/Unix network? No samba server, or any type of Microsoft Products, I'm looking for a cookbook to build an entire Linux Network. The biggest thing that stoops me, is what is the Linux equivalent to Microsoft Server? How can I set up a domain controller, user and group polices, print server, a login server (LDAP?), and have all of this work like it should. Have log in accounts, computer accounts, and have all my password managed for FTP, Email, user accounts and the like.
Ive never seen anyone do this. Everywhere you look, it's having a Samba server, or Linux clients Authenticating with PAM.
So I ask Slashdot: how easy would it be to make all of this possible? Because I know the software is cheap, but what about the man hours of setting this up, compared to buying Windows and having the ease? Is it really cost efficient?for all of the linux gurus out there, this is for you."